Mumbai Covid Safety


Mumbai civic body to educate citizens on how to stay safe from Covid-19

As part of the Maharashtra government’s ‘my family, my responsibility’ programme to tackle the spread of Covid-19, the civic body will educate the citizens about safety and precautionary measures to be taken to protect themselves.

With no let-up in the coronavirus situation, the Mumbai civic body has planned to educate the citizens on how to live with the virus by taking various precautions in everyday life and making some lifestyle changes. As part of the Maharashtra government’s ‘my family, my responsibility’ programme to tackle the spread of Covid-19, the civic body will educate the citizens about safety and precautionary measures to be taken to protect themselves and their families from the epidemic. It will include a set of instructions/advisories to be followed by individuals and families at home as well as in the housing societies or colonies, at shopping malls and markets at workplaces and while travelling in public transport.

Some of these instructions are:
  • Members of a family should use different masks.
  • Mark your reusable masks to avoid the use of the same by other families members.
  • Two persons should avoid talking face to face
  • Speak less or maintain silence while eating your meals
  • Wear your masks even while driving your car
  • Check temperature of family members every day. If possible even check oxygen level on daily basis
  • Non-perishable goods that are ordered through online should be kept outside for at least a day before using them.
  • Common areas of the building/house such as handles, knobs should be sanitised regularly. Citizens should use piece of paper to press the buttons of lifts and dispose them off properly after use
  • Social distancing should be strictly maintained in housing societies/colonies
  • If possible, a face shield should be used in public transport. Hands should be sanitised immediately after leaving the public transport vehicle Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said, “In order to effectively curtail the spread of coronavirus, it is imperative that all members of the family take necessary care and are vigilant to avoid even inadvertent mistakes. Citizens will be informed about the important steps that should be taken to achieve positive results against Covid-19.”
  • Wash your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    1. Before eating or preparing food
    2. Before touching your face
    3. After using the restroom
    4. After leaving a public place
    5. After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    6. After handling your mask
    7. After changing a diaper
    8. After caring for someone sick
    9. After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
  • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • Masks help prevent you from getting or spreading the virus.
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectantsexternal icon will work.
  • Monitor Your Health Daily
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
  • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
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