COVID-19: Here’s why Dubai Municipality asked residents not to share plates with family members during Ramadan


Not sharing plates with family members was among the many Ramadan security ideas that had been shared by the civic physique on social media.
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Dubai: This Ramadan, share meals with your family members, however don’t share your plates. That could be a security tip that Dubai Municipality needs residents to observe during the second Ramadan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authorities had earlier banned folks from attending Ramadan gatherings and restricted iftar and suhoor to members of the identical family. Not sharing plates with family members was among the many Ramadan security ideas that had been shared by the civic physique on social media.

Dr Mohammed Salman Khan, GP, common medication with Aster Clinic, Al Qusais, mentioned the recommendation is a precautionary measure to keep away from publicity to COVID-19 inside households within the early days of an infection when sufferers might be asymptomatic. “One might get exposed to the virus after going out for work or shopping or any other purpose. In the early period of the infection, nobody knows you are infected. You might be having the virus in your nostrils and you might have touched it and then you also touch the plates that you are sharing with the family members,” he defined.

Larger plates, larger dangers

Dr Mohammed Salman Khan

The normal customized of getting massive family meals from massive plates and pots collectively, particularly during iftars, can pose a threat in such a situation, he identified. “This practice is a strict no during the COVID-19 pandemic as you are putting your hands in the same plate shared by different family members. If anybody is infected, there is a higher chance of the virus spreading to the whole family through this habit.”

Households ought to hold separate plates, glasses and spoons marked for every members and wash them with cleaning soap after every use, mentioned Dr Mohammed. “They can also go for disposable plates,” he added.

The municipality shared the extra security ideas within the first episode of its ‘Virtual Ramadan Tent’ initiative the place social and academic matters of curiosity to Dubai households could be mentioned each Saturday during Ramadan.

Residents have been urged to keep away from crowded family gatherings, cut back their purchasing visits and not to purchase greater than what they want. They’ve additionally been asked to at all times wash or disinfect arms to guarantee their security, aside from carrying masks. “Your Ramadan daily routine should follow a healthy guideline. For everyone’s safety, make sure you commit to it. Learn about the most essential tips to make your routine safe and healthy during Ramadan,” the Municipality acknowledged whereas sharing the protection ideas.

Secure purchasing ideas

The municipality has additionally shared ideas for protected purchasing. “Shop safely during Ramadan to maintain the quality and safety of food products and ensure everyone’s health,” it mentioned whereas posting some important ideas for protected purchasing during Ramadan.

Residents have been urged to hold the next factors in thoughts for making certain meals security.

Make a purchasing listing upfront.

Store from a retailer shut to dwelling to keep meals security and high quality.

Buy canned meals and dry meals first.

Go for recent and chilled merchandise akin to vegatables and fruits after that.

Purchase meat and eggs ultimately.

Don’t neglect to separate the merchandise from one another in purchasing cart to forestall cross-contamination from uncooked meals objects.

Contest, inspections

The municipality has additionally introduced a weekly social media contest titled #StayHealthyInRamadan. Going down on Dubai Municipality’s Instagram account, the competition will supply prizes from the closest Choithrams to [select] individuals who share appropriate solutions in feedback, the civic physique mentioned in a tweet.

The civic physique additionally displays precautionary measures at meals institutions during Ramadan to guarantee the protection of supplies and gadgets, hygiene procedures, preparation course of, packaging, preserving and transporting meals in supply automobiles and bikes.