With the coronavirus pandemic yet to pass, it’s important to take extra steps to ensure your and your loved ones’ safety. Here are a couple of tips that will help you protect yourself from COVID-19.
- Don’t Go Out Unless You Need To
Although Montgomery County officials have already lifted the local stay-at-home order, avoid going out and traveling to crowded places. If you do need to go out, take care to wear a mask and practice social distancing, which is keeping yourself at least six feet away from other people.
When you get home, take a shower and throw all of your clothes to the washer and dryer. Don’t forget to disinfect the items you’ve brought from the outside in.
- Make it a Habit to Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds can kill anything microscopic on your hands. That includes the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19.
You don’t need to wash your hands every couple of minutes or so. If you’re unsure of when to wash, make it a habit to do so whenever you’re about to and after you handle food, after using the toilet, after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose, and after you touched someone who is sick.
- Practice Proper Sneezing and Coughing Etiquette
There is such a thing? Yes, indeed there is. You don’t need to do much when you feel the need to sneeze or cough. Instead of covering your mouth with your hands, sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow. If you can’t do that, cover with a wad of tissue and then dispose of it property (and wash your hands after!)
If you can’t wash your hands immediately after coughing or sneezing, a douse of alcohol or hand sanitizer will do.
- Clean Surfaces Regularly
One thing that will keep you occupied as you stay at home is cleaning frequently touched surfaces regularly. It’s because the coronavirus strain causing COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for a time.
So, what are the items that fall under the “frequently touched” category? Well, there’s your phone. Tables, door knobs, faucets, light switches, and handles also count. If you are working from home, your laptop or desktop (and keyboard) must also be disinfected regularly. Sinks and toilets should also be cleaned.
To clean these surfaces, apply the “double-cleansing method” which is wiping them down with soap/detergent and water, then your preferred household disinfectant.
- Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Keeping a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to boost your immune system. Sleep well and adequately, exercise everyday, drink a lot of water, and incorporate fruits and vegetables in your daily diet if you haven’t.
Stress can also have a negative impact on your health and immune system. So, don’t hesitate to switch off once in a while to meditate or do nothing. It’s important to keep yourself updated with the latest news, but if you feel fatigued by it, turn your phone or the news off. You can always catch up later.
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