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Second Wave of COVID-19

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Sarah Bahader

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In the past weeks, Egypt has started reporting over 1,000 daily cases. After several months of decline, Egypt couldn’t remain safe from the adversity of the coronavirus second wave and currently, Egypt is at the centre of the second wave. The number of coronavirus-related fatalities also increased.  It is presumed that the second wave has higher prevalence than the former wave. Thus, the virus is poised to take a high toll on the country’s public health – and ultimately many of its citizen’s lives – unless adequate control measures are put in place. The Egyptian Cabinet has already called on authorities to strictly enforce the country’s mask mandate, which applies to all public transportation and indoor public places. Citizens must be aware that the upcoming period is very vital; precautions and prevention tips should be taken seriously. For the safety of everyone, not only ourselves but also others; every citizen should do his best of his ability to stay safe.

The incubation period for the virus ranges between 3 to 15 days. Symptoms may or may not show; therefore practice caution, whether you’re feeling symptoms or not.

Common prevention tips as stated by (WHO):

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • Listen for instructions from your local government about staying at home
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Keep a distance from others
  • Wash/sanitize hands often and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home

During these difficult times, emotional/mental health should be as important as physical health. It is important to take care of your physical health to help you fight Covid-19 if you get it. However, mental health is just as important. “Good mental health is absolutely fundamental to overall health and well-being” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

In fact, pandemics can be stressful for some people. It is not unusual to feel overwhelmed or experience anxiety/fear/stress. Public actions such as social distancing, quarantine and isolation (for those infected) can increase anxiety and stress. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you find it difficult cope on your own, do not hesitate to seek professional help when necessary. It is better for you and for the people around you.

Coping tips to reduce stress caused by the pandemic:

  • Taking care of your family and loved ones can be a stress reliever. Help others cope with their stress by providing social support; this can make your community stronger. During times of social distancing, one can still maintain social connections and care for their mental health. Phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel socially connected, less lonely, or isolated
  • Know what to do if you are sick and are concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment for COVID-19
  • Know where and how to get treatment and other support services, including counseling or therapy (in person or through telehealth/online services)
  • Take care of your emotional health; it will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting
  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid excessive alcohol and drug use, and sugary drinks
  • Engage in activities which you enjoy
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about how you are feeling. While social distancing measures are in place, consider connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail

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