You're on your way to work, and someone bumps into you. You catch a cold, and now you have to take time off from work to recover. You didn't even think about wearing a mask.
Although there is no need to wear masks in public transport anymore from 13th February 2023 in Singapore, prevention is always better than cure.
Masks are an important way to protect yourself from the coronavirus or even normal flu, but they're not the only way. In this article, we'll share some tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones without masks.
Singapore No Masks on Public Transport?
You're out and about in Singapore, minding your own business when you hear a rumble in the distance. It's getting louder and louder, and it's clear that whatever it is, it's headed your way. You start to panic—you're not wearing a mask!
What do you do?
It's a scary thought, but thankfully there are ways to protect yourself and your loved ones without masks. Here are a few tips:
Avoid large crowds whenever possible. If you can't avoid them, try to stay at least six feet away from others.
Sanitise your hands regularly, especially before you eat or touch your face.
Use hand sanitizer or face wipes when you can't get to a sink.
Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods to keep your immune system strong.
Stay informed and up-to-date on the latest health news so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your loved ones.
Practicing Good Hand Hygiene
When you're out and about, one of the best ways to protect yourself is to practise good hand hygiene. Washing your hands regularly (and correctly) can help kill germs and bacteria that may be on your hands.
If you're on public transport, try to avoid touching your face, and make sure to wash your hands as soon as you get home. It's also a good idea to keep a small bottle of sanitizer with you, so you can clean your hands when you're not near a sink.
Bring your own handkerchief or tissue
You can do something as simple as bringing your own handkerchief or tissue instead of relying on paper towels or tissues from public spaces. This can cut down on the spread of germs from shared surfaces. Not only that, but you can also consider using a fresh handkerchief or tissue each time. Doing so can not only help protect people around you, but it can also protect your own health by reducing your contact with germs.
If you’d like to go the extra mile, you could also use a protective barrier such as a face shield while in public places. Not only are these shields more reliable than masks at blocking germs, they are also more comfortable and don’t cause your glasses fog up either! And speaking of masks, it’s important to remember that wearing the right type of masks at all times is key to protecting yourself and your loved ones.
Social Distancing While Out in the Community if You are Sick
If you are feeling ill, please stay at home. That's the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Even if you're not feeling sick, it's a good idea to practice social distancing.
That means staying at least six feet away from other people, and avoiding large crowds or public places. If you need to go out, try to do so during off-peak hours. And always keep a safe distance from others when you're on public transportation.
It's also important to remember that just because you're not feeling sick doesn't mean you're not contagious. So please continue to practice good hygiene habits and avoid touching your face while being outside.
Adhering to Public Health Guidelines
It's still important to adhere to public health guidelines, even if you don't have a mask. Make sure to practice social distancing when possible, avoid large crowds, and wash your hands frequently. We can't stress this enough—frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.
For extra protection, use hand sanitizer when you’re out and about. If you’re travelling on public transport, make sure you wipe down areas before and after you use them with sanitizing wipes. And don’t forget to disinfect any technologies like phones or tablets too!
In addition to these measures, we recommend purchasing a high-quality face mask from Wistech. Our masks range from surgical masks to KF95 protective masks and KN94 protective masks so you can be sure that your loved ones are protected when out in public spaces.
The Importance of Proper Ventilation
An oft-overlooked way of protecting yourself without having to wear a mask is to ensure that the space you’re in is properly ventilated. If possible, open windows and doors to improve air circulation, and try not to linger in enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.
This is especially important in public transport vehicles, which can become hotbeds of contagion if the air is stagnant and filled with germs. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and look for signs of improved ventilation before entering any public areas.
Another tip is to bring your own fan into such enclosed spaces. That way, you can be sure that the air around you is still circulating even if the vehicle isn’t moving much or at all. This can help so much in mitigating health risks that come with poor ventilation!
Benefits of Exercise and Nutrition
It is important to remember that exercising and eating a healthy diet are also beneficial in protecting yourself and your loved ones against germs and diseases. Exercise not only helps you stay fit, it also boosts your immune system, helping your body fight off infections more effectively. Eating a healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-rich foods will help improve your overall health and reduce the risk of you catching any illnesses. Both exercise and nutrition can also help reduce stress levels, which can have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing.
Here are some ways to help get more nutrition:
Choose whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables
Incorporate lean proteins like chicken, fish, or tofu into your meals
Eat healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and olive oil
Limit sugary drinks and foods
Exercise is another important part of staying healthy and protecting yourself and your loved ones. Regular physical activity can help boost your immune system and reduce the risk of illnesses. Some activities that can help improve your health include walking, jogging, swimming, and biking. Exercise can also help lower stress levels and improve your mood and feelings of wellbeing. Additionally, regular exercise can help improve your cardiovascular health, bone and muscle health, and reduce your risk of developing certain diseases.
Try to aim for at least thirty minutes of physical activity per day. You can break this up into smaller chunks of time if you are short on time or do not have a lot of energy. Additionally, if you are new to exercise or have medical restrictions, be sure to consult your doctor before starting any physical activity regimen.
At the end of the day, the best way for you to protect yourself and your loved ones from germs and illnesses is to focus on healthy habits, like eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help boost your immune system and improve your overall wellbeing, reducing your risk of developing illnesses. So make sure to take the time for yourself and for your loved ones to engage in healthy activities and habits that can contribute to a healthier life.
It is important to practice good hygiene and preventive measures to reduce the risk of getting sick. However, wearing a mask is not the only solution. There are other ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Please consult the latest health advisories from the health authorities for the latest recommendations. We hope that with collective effort, we can minimize the spread of viruses.