Although the world is finally starting to wake back up after months of lockdowns and quarantines to curb the spread of Covid-19, the pandemic is far from over. We’re still waiting on a vaccine for this sometimes-deadly disease, so even though many businesses have been given the go-ahead to open their doors once again, protecting yourself as much as possible when out in public is absolutely crucial.

Here are just some of the steps that young people are taking to protect both themselves and others from the coronavirus as things start to slowly return to normal.

Face Masks

If you’ve been outside recently, you’ll probably have seen that more and more young people are choosing to wear a face mask while out in public, and the reasons behind this are very clear. Get an N95 mask or a high-quality medical facemask, and it will help reduce your chance of catching the virus through droplets. An FFP2 mask like the AirQUEEN mask is approved for healthcare professionals to use and is a popular choice since it offers a high amount of protection. The Air Queen mask is ultra-light, comfortable to wear and breathable, making it an ideal choice for anybody who may need to wear a mask for a longer period of time — for instance, when you’re preparing to return to work.

Social Distancing

Social distancing has been in place from quite early on in the pandemic, and at this point, we’ve all gotten used to queueing up to enter a shop and longer queues than normal at the checkout points as stations are shut off in order to maintain a two-metre distance between customers. Staying at least two metres apart from other people is key to ensuring that we don’t end up suffering from a second wave of the pandemic as things start to reopen.

Improved Personal Hygiene

If you’ve been washing and scrubbing your hands a lot more often than usual lately, you’re not alone. More and more young people are now taking hand-washing extremely seriously as it’s one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and slow the spread of the virus. And, as hand sanitiser has made its way back onto our shelves since the shortage from when the lockdown began, it’s easier than ever to carry a bottle with you everywhere you go to keep your hands as clean as possible even when you don’t have access to a sink.

Working from Home

While those working in pubs, restaurants, cinemas, arcades, and gyms will be happy to see an option to return to work this month, many young people who have the option to work from home have chosen to take it. Many of us have become pros at working from home by now, and with several employers deciding to make remote working a permanent fixture in their team, it’s a workplace trend that looks set to continue for a long time.

As a young professional, what changes have you made to your own lifestyle in response to Covid-19?