Health recommendations for celebrating the day of love and friendship

This Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, Bogotá will host the traditional celebration of love and friendship, for which the Ministry of Health invites citizens to keep in mind that COVID-19 is still present and that any event that promotes crowding creates a risk of infection.

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Thus, the organization recommends that the following health care recommendations be considered:

– In case of attending events that encourage crowds

Use the mask (covering the nose, mouth and chin) correctly when moving on the public transport system, in the stops of the massive TransMilenio system or in the terminals of ground and air transport.

Although more than 16 million doses of vaccines against COVID-19 have been administered in Bogotá, which means a high coverage and protection of the population, the responsible use of the mask is recommended, in this case, in places where the agglomeration of people, because according to health experts it is a very useful tool to minimize the possibility of contracting the virus.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), face masks should be used as part of an overall strategy of self-care measures, that is, they are not enough on their own to protect us, they must be accompanied by other actions such as proper hand washing. Before and after removing it from the face, be sure to cover the nose, mouth and chin completely, and dispose of it properly and do not reuse it.

Remember that proper mask use prevents both the inhalation and ejection of nasal or oral aerosols, which are full of droplets that can contain the virus and infect people. We share the following video in which the Ministry of Health provides recommendations for the proper use and disposal of face masks:

In case of impossibility to maintain a reasonable distance between people, it is recommended to maintain the use of a mask (covering the nose, mouth and chin). If the need arises to cough or sneeze, it is important, even with a mask on, to cover the mouth area with the forearm, not the hands.

What to do if you have respiratory symptoms

If people who will be attending mass events or meetings and have respiratory symptoms should choose to stay at home, preferably get a diagnostic test to rule out that it is COVID-19.

If the result is positive and against the background of any respiratory symptoms such as congestion, sore throat or headache, temperature higher than or equal to 38.5 degrees Celsius, cough, general malaise, putrefaction or excessive fatigue, the invitation is to stay at home and you maintain isolation for 7 days. If you must leave the house, you must maintain the use of a mask at all times.

Make sure you have the full COVID-19 vaccination schedule, especially if you are over the age of 60 and/or pregnant women or people with co-morbidities.

It’s worth remembering that the people at highest risk of complications from the spread of COVID-19 are those over 60 and people with co-morbidities such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, any type of lung, heart, liver or kidney disease or weak system immunity, therefore it is recommended to strengthen self-care measures.

Check here 👉 vaccination points against COVID-19 available in Bogotá.

Self-care plus vaccination protect your health

If you attend an event or meeting, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with dirty hands and wash them as quickly as possible with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds), especially before eating or having close contact with family or friends, friends .

If the person develops symptoms related to COVID-19 in the days following the Love and Friendship Day, they should seek isolation at home and report the symptoms to the appropriate EPS.

Be sure to complete the regimen and/or receive booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, as well as against other respiratory diseases such as influenza, among others, in any of the points authorized by the Ministry of Health in the city, which are published daily on the subject’s social networks or on the website.

How is the vaccination against COVID-19 going in Bogotá?

According to the latest report issued by the Vacunometer of the Ministry of Health on September 13, 2022, a total of 16,233,635 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 have been administered.

The following graphic from SaluData shows all the data related to the mass vaccination of the population in Bogotá:

How to have safe relationships and sexual practices?

According to experts from the Ministry of Health, the best way to enjoy sexuality is to prevent some risks through responsible practice aimed at taking care not only of unwanted pregnancy, but also of disease transmission.

For this reason, here are some recommendations from experts Fabian Betancourt, social researcher of the ALEP – Hivos project, and Dr. Carlos Alvarez Moreno, MSc in HIV and PhD in Biological Sciences:

Use a condom or condom when sexual contact should be established, as it is not only a contraceptive method, but also prevents the transmission of various sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, human papilloma, etc.

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– Be honest with the couple before starting sexual practice, i.e. clearly discuss whether either party has or is receiving treatment for an STD and thus take care and preventive action, and assist a professional to guide the process.

Document beforehand, read, ask and consult with expertsbefore engaging in sexual practices such as sexting, sexting, among others, to avoid health risks.

“Sexual practices should definitely be safe, consensual, healthy and also sensible. For this reason, one has to think about whether one is capable of carrying out a practice or if one is doing it because of social pressure or pressure from my partner, etc.,” explained researcher Fabian Bettencourt in relation to practices such as “sexting”.

– Get vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases for which this method of prevention exists, such as: human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, etc.

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For more information on how to have safe sex and practices, please see the following 👉 Ministry of Health video.

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