Nowruz amid fear of COVID-19 outbreak

Like many other Asian countries, Afghanistan celebrates Nawruz—the first day of solar year, with people enjoying going outside, sightseeing and holding picnics at the mountain skirts.
Nearly similar with two Eids a year, in the war-affected nation, Nawruz is traditionally marked as to what believed to be a sacred, when households cook various types of foods to host and welcome their friends and relatives.
But, nowadays, the heavily feared fatal coronavirus outbreak across the world has concerned people and disheartened them to hold ceremonies on the Nawruz welcome.
The virus outbreak requires people quarantine in privatized housing in their residence, with precautionary measures to prevent any potential spread of the disease.
Practicing hygiene besides avoiding mass gathering has been recommended as according to the health centers’ recommendations, people even could be the vectors of the virus, even if they’re not yet showing symptoms.
While the celebrators of the events like Nawruz festival, needs to join their friends and relatives, the virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another roughly within six feet, and practice social distancing.
In many Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Pakistan, Iran and many other countries, people are cautioned against attending public gatherings, even in case of the extreme outspread of the illness, people have to perform prayers at their homes.
According to specialists, droplets from an infected person while coughing or sneezing, can spread the virus, when landing into the mouths or noses of the nearby people or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Amid fear of the epidemic outbreak, the country’s citizens are asked to practice the hygienic recommendations, by washing their hands with soap and water and avoid close contact with those affected with the virus, or only mark Nawruz alongside their households in areas distanced with crowded.
They should initially avoid making crowds along the mountains skirts or hillsides and observe at least a one-month self-quarantine and allow movements of friends and relatives under a limited situation.
The government should also make effort for creation of special quarantine sites everywhere in the provinces, where the virus cases are recorded.
On their turn, people and Nawruz celebrators can continue with their routine works, but not exaggerate in holding ceremonies at hotels or other enclosed areas to may prevent spread of the disease.

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