Unfortunately, COVID-19 has stolen worldwide attention for the entire year. This bizarre turn of events in human history has left us shaken, scared, and longing for better times. Personally, I believe we can beat this thing with due diligence in taking certain precautions as experts work on a cure or vaccine.
Even if it seems like we can’t make a difference, there are things we can all do to help each other and reduce the chance of this virus spreading even more than it has. It is also important that we look after ourselves by staying informed and healthy any way we can. I know everyone is tired of hearing this, but here are the solid ways to protect yourself from COVID-19.
Wear a Facemask
It is important to wear a facemask whenever you leave your home and plan to be in public or near others. Though most of the facemasks out there right now won’t significantly protect you from inhaling droplets, it does protect others from you should you be sick. Yes, the thing is a little alarming, considering you do want to be protected. The key here is that, if everyone would wear a mask, the chances of the virus spreading goes way down. That said, mask options like the N-95 offer more protection for the wearer, as they have specialized filters built-in.
Face coverings are simple to use and are easy to find since so many companies have started making them. If you don’t like what you see out there, you can always make your own or invest in a custom mask to match your personality.
Keep Your Distance from Others
When out and about, always try to keep a two-meter distance from others when possible. Be quick with your business and avoid hanging out in stores or restaurants to talk or browse. This will reduce the risk of you getting COVID-19 but also reduce the risk of you giving it to someone else if you have it but don’t know.
Regularly Wash Your Hands
Make sure you are regularly washing your hands throughout the day, even if you don’t plan to go anywhere. Though experts don’t believe it’s the primary way it’s spread, the novel coronavirus can be contracted by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face or eating. By washing your hands regularly, you can remove the virus before it can enter the body.
For times when you don’t have access to a restroom, you can use hand sanitizer, as this kills 99.9% of germs, reducing the chance of infection. If you run a business, companies like Vitalpure can provide you with wholesale hand sanitizer to sell and for employee use during work hours.
Don’t Touch Your Face
The novel coronavirus can live on some surfaces for hours. If you touch that surface, then your face, you are at greater risk of the virus getting into your system through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Therefore, it is crucial to avoid touching your face when out in public. This includes touching your mask while during and after use.
Follow Government Guidance
Because recommendations regarding how many people you can be around and for how long are changing, it’s imperative for you to stay informed through credible sources. Make sure you keep up to date with local changes by watching the news, reading the newspaper, or visiting your local government website.
And, remember, if you or anyone in your household does show any symptoms, make sure you get tested and stay at home for 14 days if you test positive. As a community, we can all come together to beat this virus and become a stronger world for it.