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General Information Lifestyle changes during Ramadan

We are observing this year’s Ramadan amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection transmitted through droplets while coughing and sneezing.

Observing a distance of 3 feet between individuals even at home will help to prevent contraction and further spread of the disease. To safeguard yourself from the virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, exercise home isolation immediately and report to the hotline: 1676.
  • Cough and sneeze into the elbow or use a tissue. Wear a mask. Safely discard the mask and tissue after use.
  • Regularly change cloth masks and re-use them only after washing and drying them properly..
  • Clean surfaces that are frequently touched, such as tables, ladders, counters, door knobs/handles, keys, wardrobes and toilets.
  • If you see stains on these surfaces, scrub them with a washcloth soaked in soapy water (detergent mixed with water).
  • Sweep and mop the floors at home at least twice a day. Thoroughly clean areas designated at home for praying.
  • Despite being confined to homes, it is important to exercise and stay active while indoors.
  1. Nutritious food Depending on the availability, make a habit of eating food that are nutritious to the body during Ramadan. Drinking an adequate amount of water is equally important. Include vegetables and fruits in your meals as much as possible while breaking fast and during Taraweeh. Below are 5 measures to ensure safety in food preparation:
  • Cleanliness
    • Wash your hands properly before and after food preparation.
    • Wash you hands properly after using the toilet.
    • Thoroughly clean surfaces and kitchenware used to prepare food.
  • Separate cooked and raw foods
    • Store raw meat and fish separate from other food.
    • Thoroughly clean utensils such as knives and cutting boards.
    • Store different varieties of food separately.
  • Avoid undercooking
    • Make sure meat is thoroughly cooked.
    • Cook soup and other liquid food thoroughly (minimum temperature: 70 º C).
    • Warm leftover food thoroughly.
  • Store food at an appropriate temperature
    • Do not leave cooked food at 30ºC and above for over 2 hours.
    • Refrigerate food that are easily perishable such as ice-cream and custard (below 5ºC); avoid leaving them out in the open for long.
    • Warm leftover food before eating (60ºC and above)
    • Avoid refrigerating cooked food for long periods of time.
  • Use clean water and fresh ingredients to prepare food.
    • Consume food that are properly packaged.
    • Thoroughly wash fresh fruits and vegetables before consumption.
    • Avoid eating expired food.
  1. Avoid smoking Smoking is never a good choice under any circumstance. In fact, it has proven to increase the likelihood of contracting respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.
  2. Mental and psychological well-being Reach out to your family members, other loved ones and friends despite home isolation, and support each other’s mental and psychological well-being.
  • Give them a call to check up on them. If they have any worries, encourage them to share it with you and offer your support.
  • If you have any issues, voice it to a family member or friend.
  • Seek professional help early.
  • Despite physical distancing at home, ensure social bonds are maintained within the family.
  • Exercise regularly.