COVID-19 Update: Here Are Some Precautions To Prevent Coronavirus During Holi

Updated at: Mar 13, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Here Are Some Precautions To Prevent Coronavirus During Holi

So far, 30,000 people have died due to coronavirus in China. Now it has affected India too, therefore, caution and vigilance are necessary. 

Tavishi Dogra
MiscellaneousWritten by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Mar 06, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have announced that they will not attend the Holi Milan program because of the coronavirus outbreak. In a tweet, PM Modi stated that "Experts from all over the world have advised reducing the mass celebrations to avoid the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Therefore, this year I will not participate in the Holi Milan program (Holi 2020)."

At the same time, many other BJP leaders and ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah, have decided not to participate in Holi celebrations.

COVID-19: Coronavirus and Holi

We are often told that we should keep a distance of about 3 feet from people who have a cough or cold. But following a festival like Holi can be quite challenging. Holi is a festival in which a large number of people meet each other, thus increasing the chances of spreading coronavirus. In Holi, we talked to the experts about the rescue from the coronavirus and according to the WHO guidelines, here are some tips below.

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COVID-19: Be careful while playing Holi

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Avoid Hugging

If you are coughing and sneezing, avoid physical contact like hugging or putting colours on others. And if you are in contact with the affected people, you should wash your hands immediately.

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Handwash is necessary

Experts recommend doing a handwash for 20 seconds which includes cleaning the back of your hands, between the fingers, and also under the fingernails. To prevent sneezing and coughing (and spreading the infection) cover your mouth with a cloth or mask.

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Avoid getting out in Holi

People who are not well and have symptoms like coughing, sneezing and common cold should not go out to play Holi as they do not yet know if they are infected or not.

Travellers and foreigners

In India, the majority of coronavirus cases are related to travel. Therefore, people who have recently travelled to those areas with cases of coronavirus should avoid playing Holi with others.

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Pay attention to your symptoms

Those who have travelled to the affected countries outside India in the last 15 days should avoid attending mass ceremonies and playing Holi with them, even if they are well because people with its symptoms are suffering the disease within 14 days.

Follow Cleanliness

Others who are playing Holi should make a habit of washing their hands and adopting hygienic habits. After playing Holi, one needs a hand with a bar of soap or alcohol-based sanitizer and a bath.

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