COVID-19 virus

Crowd Management: How to Control Crowd at Events in Relation to COVID-19 Protocols

The sudden nature of the COVID-19 virus saw the shutting down of the economy of different nations. But this stagnancy could not be sustained, and it became necessary to devise a means of managing the situation so that economic activities could continue. One of the areas most affected was public events because a lot of people are usually involved. To this effect, measures were taken to help avoid the spread of the virus in any form of gathering.

In everyday situations, proper crowd management is essential for the crowd’s safety and the event’s smooth running. But during this pandemic, crowd control became a number one priority, with stricter and more complex measures to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus. Making this work requires a lot of creativity in planning.

Any form of gathering during this pandemic risks spreading the virus, especially if it is an indoor gathering. The COVID-19 virus spreads quickly in poorly ventilated places, so it is safer to hold such meetings outdoors.

Attendees of such events should have taken a PCR home test or applied for the 5-day test and release method. They should come with their test result to gain access to the event. Availability of their test results prevents the risk of letting an already infected person into the event.

Aside from asking for a COVID-19 test result before access, a thermal screening should be done before letting in anyone. If an attendee’s temperature reaches a certain level, they should be denied entry.

For children, the temperature considered high is anywhere from 39℃, while for adults, it is 39.4℃.

Another rule that the people in charge should enforce is wearing facemasks at all times. At no cost should masks be removed to avoid any risk of transmitting the virus. Facemasks should cover the face from the chin to the nose of all the individuals wearing them.

Hand Sanitizers (alcohol-based), soap, and water should be available at the venue, both at the entrance and inside. There should be strict adherence to the social distance rule. Health personnel should also be available to ensure these rules are followed strictly and be on standby in the case of any health-related emergency.

When organising events or gatherings during this period, we should be very intentional about the number of people present during such events. If it is an indoor event, the number of people attending should be small for proper ventilation.

There are different ways to cut short the population of people in a place at a given time.

Blended events should be encouraged asides from ensuring “invite-only” access to events to cater to a few people who will be adequately spread out at the occasion. Blended events encourage remote participation, reducing the presence of many people at the venue. These events can be enabled for conferences, weddings, seminars, and religious programmes, among other gatherings.

For example, churches can split services into two or three sections to avoid overpopulation in the hall. This action, of course, should be supported by all social distance and other covid-19 protocols. Not all crowded events are pre-planned. Some examples are protests and political campaigns, to name a few. In situations like this, it is not easy to control the crowd, especially not with a pandemic at hand. 

In cases like this, there is not much to do to help concerning crowd management. It is mainly left to the protesters to abide by the COVID-19 safety procedures.

After participating in a protest like this, it is advisable to isolate yourself for two weeks. If you feel any symptoms, you do a PCR home test.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives in many ways. Now, it is up to people to find the best ways to carry out our regular activities while staying safe from the virus, and that is why it is vital to adhere to COVID-19 protocols that have been put in place for our safety.


COVID-19 and Hygiene in Public Healthcare Centres

Healthcare is a vital part of every nation’s sector. You cannot do without it. As a result, the government of every country or state makes sure to provide public healthcare facilities like hospitals, clinics, and laboratories, that can be within reach of everyone, rich or poor. But in most cases, the problem with such facilities is lack of maintenance. For this reason, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it was even more challenging to meet the needs of these people. The number of people needing healthcare services was largely increased because many people were diagnosed with COVID-19, in addition to those with common illnesses.

Many things make healthcare centres conducive for patients, including proper hygiene. It is wrong for such a place to be unhygienic, but sadly, from the rise in the number of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), you can tell that is the case in some public healthcare centres.

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 virus, scientists have come up with easy ways of testing for the virus. People with access to it could run a PCR home test, a form of same-day testing for COVID-19, and they would not necessarily have to go to a clinic or hospital. As much as this eases the burden on health workers in public healthcare centres, these facilities should still be in good condition for patients with extreme cases, so they do not contract other infections.

Lack of water is a significant and prevalent cause of poor hygiene in healthcare centres. Water is needed for drinking, taking showers, cleaning floors and surfaces, washing beddings, toilets, and other things that may come up. Clean running water should be constantly available at strategic points in healthcare centres. Consumption of contaminated or unclean water can lead to waterborne diseases like cholera, so water must be properly treated. Washing of hands is one of the COVID-19 preventive measures, so the availability of clean water and soap will benefit health workers and patients.

Alcohol-based sanitizers should also be available at these centres for further hand-cleansing. They can be placed in the bathrooms, and sanitizer dispensers should be mounted indoors and at the entrance. 

Healthcare workers, visitors, and patients should strictly maintain social distance to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus. Infected persons should also be isolated in a separate place from other patients. Proper ventilation is also necessary because it helps reduce the COVID-19 virus particles in the air. 

There should be the provision of proper toiletries in healthcare centres and also adequate maintenance of the restrooms to avoid infections of any kind.

Some hospital equipment usually shared among people, such as stethoscopes,  should be well sterilized after use with soap and water, at least. In cases of an infection outbreak, this equipment should be sterilized using detergent and hypochlorite. 

In adherence to the COVID-19 protocols, people should always wear facemasks within the clinic or hospital premises, not just in the theatres and ICUs. Security should ensure that people put on facemasks and wash their hands at the taps at the entrance一or use an available hand sanitizer一before entering the clinic or hospital. Facemasks should not only be worn to gain access to the healthcare centre, but they shouldn’t be taken off unless it is very necessary.

Many healthcare workers have little knowledge of hygiene and proper cleaning practices in healthcare centres, which is part of the problem. So, extra education should be offered on handling hospital equipment and properly cleaning hospital surroundings. It is necessary for everyone, from the highest-ranking healthcare worker to the lowest. Pathogens can be found on the most unsuspecting surfaces, like door handles, soap or sanitizer dispensers, tap handles, or computer keyboards, so it is advisable to ensure that hard-to-reach and overlooked surfaces are cleaned well. 

Cleanliness is essential within a clinic or hospital environment, so, in this pandemic period, all COVID-19 protocols must be adhered to strictly, and more rigorous practices must be implemented in public healthcare centres to ensure proper hygiene.