Safety At Home Kills Covid-19

One Irish man’s reflections on Covid-19 and the beauty of being at home

Dr. Conor Hogan Ph.D.
5 min readFeb 7, 2021
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“Fan Abhaile”

That was the message that was posted on the top right-hand corner of our television screens.

What did it mean?

Well, as I was locked down in my native Ireland throughout the first lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic those two little words translated as:

“Stay at Home”

And we did.

Advertisements on the national television station from celebrities inspired people to

“Flatten the Curve!”

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And by everyone in the country staying at home it gave the national health services time to cope with the rising cases caused by Covid-19.

And millions of people did that. As a result, millions of lives were saved.

In the early weeks, people didn’t realize exactly how the virus spread and in many ways the majority of the population stayed at home out of fear of catching it.

But as the weeks of early spring turned into the summer of 2020 the numbers infected with the virus on a daily basis decreased as the evenings became brighter and warmer. People began to get out of their houses more and moved about as much as they could. And the great thing about being outside was that you`re less likely to get the virus or spread it to others in comparison to being inside.

But even by mid-summer 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) was still learning about how to best advise people to take precautions against the disease.

By then they were debating over the effectiveness of social distancing from 1 or 2 meters. It caused great conversations in many countries and governments had to make decisions of whether or not to prioritize the health restrictions or open up more businesses to boost the ailing economy. As many businesses weren’t able to have 2 meters distances within their four walls this meant they were unable to continue to trade.

By mid-2020 the WHO were pretty certain that the safest precautions everyone could take to make sure they didn’t get the virus were to:

Keep at least a 1-meter distance between yourself and others.

The reason for this was to reduce the risk of infection when others cough, speak or sneeze. But, as the virus tends to spread more indoors they felt that an even greater distance between two people was best. Essentially, this meant the further away two people are, the better.

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Always wear a mask when you’re around other people.

And make sure to store the mask in a clean pouch or pocket before and after use if you are going from place to place when away from home. But, it’s even better again to make sure that a fresh mask is used or the same mask is washed properly between uses.

Avoid closed spaces.

The virus loves to spread. And the easiest way for it to do this is to be close to someone who can carry it within a tighter space. That’s why gymnasiums, restaurants, and bars were closed earlier in 2020 and were in risk of losing their businesses because of prolonged lockdowns throughout the year.

Stay away from crowds.

Even when outdoors the virus can spread and do so rapidly. To avoid this, it’s best to stay apart especially if there is an outdoor event such as a funeral or concert taking place.

Keep clear of being in close contact with someone.

Or at least take precautions such as wearing a mask, opening windows and doors, and turning off the heat if you are forced to stay close to someone for a period.

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Be Hygienic.

One of the most basic things to do is to wash your hands every time you touch something in public. This decreases the spread of the virus substantially. Even when at home, giving increased and more regular attention to the hygiene of our surfaces limits the virus’s capacity to spread.

Make sure to sneeze and cough into your elbow.

This will stop particles from becoming airborne and it gives people around you a better chance of not becoming infected if you have the virus.

Avoid touching your face and eyes with your hands.

Because these areas are highly sensitive in helping the virus spread.

And what did we learn from it all?

Well, for one, many people started becoming more attentive to their houses. Apartments got spring cleans and renovations and extensions were carried out on properties. People kept themselves busy in whatever way they could.

Yet the biggest problem was the disconnection from people in our lives.

And we learned that the virus will do as it wishes but we people need to remain mindful of the need to stay apart from others.

It’s the irony of the whole Covid-19 pandemic were staying apart but at the same time, providing close support for those who need it in our lives saves them.

It doesn’t seem to be quite like the true meaning of home that we all found ourselves spending excessive amounts of time in, but even that type of life is better to be experienced than none at all.

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