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The new normal has us changing our lifestyle and adopting new habits. However, there are downsides as we try to adjust to these new protocols.
There is the fear of being in contact with an infected person, wearing masks the wrong way, having to provide our personal details numerous times a day, and worrying about our loved ones who are more high risk to the pandemic.
Think positive as there’s always a solution, and here are seven things you can do to help you adjust:
#1 Use an extender if your mask irritates your ear
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The back of our ears is a tender spot and those of you who have sensitive skin might find it to be inflamed and uncomfortable. An extender could be your solution!
You can purchase an extender online or even DIY it by using paperclips and rubber bands.
#2 Place your mask in a zip lock bag when not in use
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When you purchase reusable masks, they come ready in zip lock packaging. If they don’t, or if you’re using single-use face masks, grab a zip lock bag from the kitchen and you’re good to go.
That way, when your mask is not in use, you can still ensure its hygiene.
#3 Download the MySejahtera app so you don’t need to write or type so much
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The MySejahtera app is really nifty. Just sign up once and you can use the app to scan QR codes in the future. You don’t need to keep typing your details or touch pens and log books.
The MySejahtera app keeps track of places you’ve visited for easy contact tracing.
#4 Bring your own water bottles, cutlery, straws AND food from home!
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You may have been against the idea of bringing your own straws around when plastic straws were banned. Soon enough, you’ll also get used to bringing your own cutlery and food containers.
There are cute sets available online and in stores. Bring along a small, travel-sized bottle filled with dish soap to clean your cutlery. It’s also a chance to start a healthy diet by bringing food from home.
If you haven’t made it a habit, start bringing a water bottle around as well to avoid drinking from cups.
#5 Shower right after you get home
Many of us don’t practice showering the moment we get home from school, work or outings. This is especially important if you have people at home who are more susceptible to COVID-19 such as children, the elderly and those with existing medical conditions. Hop into the shower the moment you get home and help keep them safe.
#6 Bring wet wipes and a small bottle of sanitiser everywhere you go
No matter how clean you think a place is, remember that bacteria and viruses aren’t obvious to the naked eye. Make it a habit to use anti-bacterial wet wipes for public surfaces such as washroom lids, tables, chairs, and door handles.
Carry a travel-sized hand sanitiser with you so that you can sanitise your hands, bags and clothes when in crowded or enclosed spaces. This is especially important before you step into your car and your home.
Remember to wash your hands with soap often!
#7 Get protection and reassurance
Get peace of mind for yourself and loved ones as we continue to battle against COVID-19. There are programmes in the market which offer complimentary COVID-19-related benefits.
Do check out the Allianz We Care Community, which supports Malaysians with COVID-19 relief, telehealth, virtual physiotherapy sessions, digital health programs and more for FREE!
As long as you’re a Malaysian or a PR aged 18 years and above, you’re eligible to join the programme. You don’t even need to be an Allianz Malaysia policyholder to get free access to the following exclusive benefits and relief:
- Complimentary COVID-19 Coverage: cash relief and death benefit
- COVID-19 and other medical enquiries hotline
- Pharmacy e-vouchers
- General practitioner teleconsultation
- Virtual physiotherapy sessions
- Digital health and life coaching program
Hurry, Join the Allianz We Care Community now to unlock free access to these exclusive benefits to stay protected and vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. Terms and conditions apply.
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