What the Pandemic Can Teach Us About

Every great shock produces different consequences, depending on humanity’s reaction: fear, denial, or adaptation. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has conditioned both the interconnectedness of the modern world and its unpreparedness for this crisis. Even the wealthiest countries have responded to a societal and economic “shutdown” unprecedented in human history. And if we manage to overcome this pandemic completely, it does not mean that we will be able to avoid outbreaks of other diseases in the future. Therefore, it is important to systematize the knowledge and experience gained to enter the new post-pandemic world successfully.

The world will not be the same

Millions of people around the world have changed the way they live to prevent the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. Closed cafes, restaurants, malls, and theaters. Doctors strongly recommend staying in self-isolation, contacting others only when necessary, and using the FlowFlex self-test kit at the first symptoms of Covid-19. This will help identify the disease more quickly.

Preparing to self-isolation

If you have been advised by a doctor or you have made the decision to isolate yourself, it should last at least 14 days from the date of the event that caused the self-isolation: travel, contact with a sick person, etc. The most important aspect of how to practice proper self-isolation is planning. Try to plan your time so that you don’t have to leave the house or receive visitors. Explain this to friends and family and discuss the possibility of working remotely. Keep your doctor’s contacts and let them know the reasons for self-isolation beforehand, and choose a contact person to whom you will go for help.

What to do if you don’t live alone and have symptoms

You need to isolate yourself in a well-ventilated room. If possible, use a separate bathroom and toilet, as well as cooking, and eat separately. Remember to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, clean, including wet cleaning surfaces, cough hygiene, and use disposable wipes and tissues. Always wear a medical mask during human contact and discard it after use or contamination. 

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, fever, etc.) while self-isolating, seek medical attention immediately and report your travel history and possible contact with persons suffering from acute viral illnesses.

When the pandemic will end, and if it will end at all

The rapid mutation of the coronavirus is making it more difficult to control. Early in the pandemic, there was much talk of “collective immunity”: the assumption was that if enough people have become resistant to Covid through infection or vaccination, the virus would become less dangerous. This is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. 

Although vaccines are effective in protecting against the most serious effects of the disease, even the best of them do not seem to be able to completely stop people from becoming infected and spreading the virus. In addition, the virus has quickly mutated into new variants, some of which are much more infectious and against which vaccines offer less protection.