The coronavirus first emerged in late December of 2019. Ever since then, our world and our everyday life has been drastically different. The state of Connecticut has been experiencing shelter-in-place orders since March 2020. Each state in the country began to reopen in the spring and summer with different timelines, guidelines, and regulations.  After things began to reopen, it seemed that we were gaining some normalcy. However, despite the quarantine, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, never went away. 

Unfortunately, there has been a growth of new cases of COVID-19 across the country. There were more than seventy thousand new coronavirus cases reported in July 2020.  The uptick in cases, which is even larger than the first peak of cases in April before the shut-downs were put in place across the nation. The number of people that are being hospitalized for COVID-19 complications is also rising. 

Thinking and worrying about the second wave of COVID-19 can cause a lot of stress, but you can be empowered by concentrating on what you can control. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help prepare yourself and your loved ones for a possible second wave.

Shift your perspective

Dealing with COVID-19 is draining, but it is not going away anytime soon. Instead of wishing you could just get back to the way things were, you should understand that this is the new normal for the foreseeable future.

Get your flu shot

The second wave might hit this fall or winter, so getting your annual flu vaccination is a necessity. It will not protect you from catching the coronavirus, but it could decrease your risk of being hospitalized for a severe case of the flu. This leaves open an ICU bed for someone who needs to recover from COVID-19.

Find a new way to say “hello”

We need to become accustomed to a new way of greeting each other without touching. It is understandable if you are finding it difficult to refrain from shaking hands or hugging someone when you see them, that is what we have always done.  Now, we need to pick a new everyday greeting. It could be a wave, a high five, or whatever is the most comfortable for you and the person you are greeting. 

Keep doing what you are probably already doing

You have most likely gotten washing your hands down to a science, you are not touching your face, you follow the social distancing guidelines, and you self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have not already been doing these things, it is time to get on board. You should find a mask that you like and wear it when you are in public and it is more difficult to maintain a distance from people outside of the people outside of your household. In order to thoroughly prepare for the second wave, continue these things and stay informed with what is being said by the CDC and your local health department for updates. 

COVID-19 Rapid Testing & Antibody Testing in Stamford, CT

Taking steps to protect yourself is not just for you. It is you doing your part to keep your family, friends, neighbors, and communities safe. To find out if you have been infected, visit AFC Urgent Care Stamford for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Rapid testing is performed five days a week, no appointments needed. For more information, please call 203-969-2000