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Here are 5 golden rules for celebrating Diwali during the covid-19 pandemic that mustn’t ignore

Published on:4 November 2020, 16:04pm IST
Don’t stop yourself from celebrating Diwali because of coronavirus. Just follow some simple rules to stay safe.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Take these steps to stay safe from coronavirus this Diwali. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

There is no denying that coronavirus has extracted all the fun out of the festive season. The truth, however, is that this is the new normal. Instead of thinking about all the things that won’t be happening because of the pandemic, it is time to think about all the things to do in order to keep this Diwali safe.

We talked to Dr Hitendra Sharma, a general surgeon from Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad to understand how we can celebrate this festive season while also minimising the risk of getting infected with the coronavirus. The expert suggested these 5 golden rules you need to follow to protect yourself and your loved ones from covid-19 this Diwali:

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1. Wearing a mask is a must

If you are going to someone’s place or someone is coming to greet you, don’t forget to keep your masks on. It is only understandable that you would want to see with your loved ones during the festive season but wearing masks is the best way to stay safe.

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Stay indoors and wear a mask to stay safe from both covid-19 and air pollution. Image courtesy: Zamurovic Brothers from Noun Project via Creative Commons
2. Keep your hand sanitizer away from the fire

Sanitizers are alcohol-based which means they are inflammable. You have to make it a point to keep them away from the area where you will be placing the diyas.

3. Wash your hands instead of sanitizing

Lighting diyas and candles all around the house is a special tradition for everyone celebrating Diwali. Keep in mind that sanitizing your hands might cause harm. Hence, it is best to wash your hands instead of sanitizing.

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Wash your hands like your mama taught you to fight covid-19 and other infections. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Cook at home

What is a Diwali celebration without sweets? However, it is best to avoid consuming any eatables from outside to reduce the chances of infection. Therefore, it is better to make homemade sweets. In fact, you can turn it into quality family time like the old days!

What’s more, the internet is flooded with easy yet yummy recipes.

5. Don’t forget social distancing

Well, this rule is something you cannot compromise on. This is particularly for those who will be attending events such as festivals or house parties. What’s more, try to avoid events that are indoors because it could contribute to increasing your chances of getting infected with the coronavirus.

We say you go virtual even with your Diwali celebrations!

“Staying indoors this Diwali is a good option because pollution can impact the immunity of your lungs. We’re all aware of the fact that coronavirus is a respiratory disease. I would like to say that you should avoid bursting crackers”, he concluded.

Just follow these golden rules to celebrate Diwali this year!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.