Don’t let the pandemic dampen your festivities. 8 ways to enjoy a safe Diwali.

Diwali is a time for joy and bonding as the festival of lights is one of the largest celebrated festivals in India. The onset of COVID-19 in 2020 put a hold on all festivities and the festival was spent indoors by people. The year 2021 brought a glimmer of hope as vaccination drives gained pace and people were starting to get less affected than before. However, it is still of utmost importance to steer clear of COVID-19 this Diwali. You can enjoy this Diwali with your friends and family by keeping certain tips in mind to avoid COVID-19 infections. 

Completed all doses of vaccination? It is still important to follow precautions 

There is a misconception that people who have completed both doses of vaccination will not be affected by COVID-19 anymore. When you take a vaccination your body is prepared to fight the virus if it affects you. However, it does not mean that the virus will not affect you at all. 

The COVID-19 vaccination is a precaution against any severe ailments arising out of a COVID-19 infection. Even if you are vaccinated and not affected by the virus it is a major possibility that you might spread the virus to other people. Thus, it is of utmost importance to follow safety rules and regulations this festive season even as we slowly return to normalcy in daily life. 

Do not let COVID-19 dampen your festive spirit this year. You can still enjoy Diwali and also stay safe. You can follow certain precautionary steps to prevent getting affected this festive season.

8 Precautions to follow to avoid COVID-19 this Diwali 

Mask up
Masks have become a part of our everyday attire since the outbreak of the pandemic. IT is very important to always wear a clean mask when meeting people during Diwali. Masks can limit the spread of the virus to a great extent. Always follow mask hygiene and keep your mask on even when meeting family members and friends at their homes. 

Try and stay indoors as much as possible
Although we are returning to normalcy there is a high possibility of a rise in COVID-19 cases during the festive season. Avoid crowds outside and keep your Diwali meetings restricted to your homes. It is important for elderly people to stay home as they are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. 

It is easier to maintain sanitisation standards at home than when travelling to places outside. Staying indoors is safer for you and the friends and relatives whom you meet during Diwali. 

Always wash your hands
While it is easier to sanitise your hands, the best way to avoid COVID-19 spread is to wash your hands with soap and water. 

Avoid using sanitisers before handling candles, diyas or lamps. Sanitisers are prone to catch fire, thus it is always safer to wash your hands during the festive season. Keep the sanitisers in your house away from any lit candles or diyas since sanitisers are extremely flammable. 

Avoid greeting people with hugs and handshakes
Diwali is a time where you get to meet family members and friends and celebrate with them. The safe option during this Diwali is to restrict your greetings to a ‘namaste’ with folded hands or an elbow touch. 

Avoid hugging people or shaking their hands as it can rapidly spread the virus or other germs. Always wash your hands when meeting people. 

Ventilate your house
Meet people at a well-ventilated space as it can help you avoid the spread of the virus. A well-ventilated space allows for the circulation of air and prevents the COVID-19 virus from staying trapped in an enclosed space. 

Avoid large gatherings
Avoid meeting a large number of people at one time or calling a gathering of many people at an enclosed space. It becomes very difficult to maintain social distancing if a lot of people meet at once place. 

Remember to maintain social distancing even during this festive season to prevent the spread of the virus and keep yourself safe. 

Do not eat outside
While COVID-19 is not spread through outside food, when you eat outside you risk being exposed to a large number of people who might transmit the virus to you. Enjoy your Diwali feasts indoors with your close friends and family. You can easily order in food if you feel like enjoying something from outside. The best Diwali sweets are the ones made at home. It is high time to put those quarantine cooking skills to use, isn’t it? 

Avoid firecrackers
Firecrackers are not only harmful pollutants of the air but they also cause a lot of noise pollution. The air quality during Diwali deteriorates rapidly Diwali due to the bursting of firecrackers. 

This is not a very good time to compromise our lungs and put pressure on them. It is best to avoid firecrackers and polluting the air even further when people with respiratory problems are at a high risk of contracting the virus and facing complications.

Conclusion 

As we slowly recover from a pandemic strick world the festival of lights is a moment of joy. Enjoy a joyous Diwali with your close friends and family but do remember to follow COVID-19 restrictions. The virus is still affecting people and it is important to take precautionary measures and stay safe this festive season. Enjoy your Diwali with your loved ones by following certain precautions that can help you avoid COVID-19. 

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