The COVID-19 coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the world since the beginning of 2020, and people are now more cautious than ever when it comes to safeguarding themselves against viral infections. To lessen your chances of contracting the virus, you’ll want to be extra diligent about hygiene and other ways that you conduct your life to keep yourself safe. By following these five tips, you can decrease your chances of getting the coronavirus.
Wash Hands Frequently and Correctly
You’ll want to wash your hands as often as possible, but you’ll also want to make sure that you wash them in the correct fashion. The virus can get onto your hands after touching surfaces or making physical contact with infected people, and it can enter your body if you touch your mouth, nose, or areas around your eyes. Frequent handwashing can kill the virus on your hands so that you don’t infect yourself. Hand sanitizer can also be effective in killing COVID-19.
According to the CDC, the best way to wash your hands is by wetting them in cold or warm water and then lathering the hands with soap. The soap should be rubbed on the fronts and backs of the hands as well as in between the fingers and under the fingernails. You should then rinse the hands clean in running water and use a clean towel or air dryer to dry them thoroughly.
Keep the Mouth and Nose Covered as Much as Possible
The virus is often spread through the air when people are in close contact with one another, and you can protect yourself better by wearing something to cover your mouth and nose so that the virus will have a more difficult time entering your body. Disposable facemasks or reusable ones that are made out thick cloth and still allow you to breathe can do well in keeping you safe. If you want to try creating a homemade mask, try cutting an old T-shirt into a mask that will go over your mouth and nose. However, surgical masks and N95 respirators are generally considered to be the most effective mouth and nose coverings.
Practice Social Distancing
You’ve likely heard on the news about the importance of maintaining social distancing, but you might still be confused over what exactly is a safe distance. In general, it’s best to maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people so that the virus can’t spread as easily. Many restaurants across the U.S. that are open for indoor dining have implemented strict social distancing measures, but you should still make sure that you’re not sitting too close to any other diners who aren’t in your group when dining out. If you attend any religious services, it’s important to distance yourself several feet from other congregants. Gathering in large groups for concerts, parties or demonstrations should also be avoided until the pandemic is under better control.
The spread of COVID-19 can be minimized further by communicating more online instead of through in-person meetings. Video conferencing technology has made it possible to have face-to-face meetings through a computer screen so that you don’t run the risk of getting infected. It may be best for you to communicate online with friends and family members who don’t live in your household for the time being to keep everyone safe. Many churches, synagogues, and other religious institutions are streaming their services online so that people can still worship without having to gather in large numbers and risk transmitting the disease. It’s even possible to arrange an online doctor visit for non-emergency medical concerns.
Clean Surfaces and Other Items Frequently
Counters, tabletops, and other surfaces around your home should be cleaned regularly to kill the virus that has possibly gotten onto them. Door handles and furniture should also be wiped down thoroughly to avoid contamination. If you have children, you’ll want to make sure that their toys are cleaned frequently as well. Disposable wipes that are made with a disinfectant solution often work great in cleaning surfaces and objects around the home. Most regular household cleaners can also be effective in removing all traces of the coronavirus.
You’ll want to do whatever it takes to avoid getting sick from COVID-19. By following this advice, you’ll have a better chance of keeping yourself and your loved ones safe from the coronavirus.