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How to Keep Yourself and Others Safe From the Spread of COVID-19

During this pandemic situation, the only way you can protect yourself and others is by being well-informed on how the virus is spread. Being knowledgeable and updated on the news also keeps us aware of the situation and thus, we can further assess how much caution we should take during these times.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

During this pandemic situation, the only way you can protect yourself and others is by being well-informed on how the virus is spread. Being knowledgeable and updated on the news also keeps us aware of the situation and thus, we can further assess how much caution we should take during these times. Taking these simple steps can help you protect yourself and others from the spread of the virus.

Practice Good Hygiene at All Times

Maintaining a good personal hygiene involves cleansing your head, hands, and body so as to avoid the spread of germs and illnesses. This is necessary not just for health but also for social reasons. Besides your own health benefit, having good personal hygiene has an impact on the lives of those around you. You have to bear in mind that with the lifespan of the COVID-19 virus on some surfaces, it is easy to get infected. This is through touching these areas, then unconsciously touching your face or eyes. Thus, practicing good hand hygiene is very important.

  • Frequently wash your hands with water and soap. Scrub them for at least 20 seconds. Using an alcohol-based sanitizer will also be helpful.
  • Avoid touching your face. The COVID-19 infects the mucosal surfaces, which are your nose, mouth, and eyes. Wearing a face shield everytime you go outside will keep you from touching these areas.
  • Use the inside of your elbow or upper arm to cover when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you feel sick, better stay home and see a medical expert.

Keep Your Distance and Refrain From Having Close Contact

The key way to mitigate the spread of the virus is through practicing social distancing.  When a  person coughs or sneezes, the people nearby can be infected through the respiratory droplets. Supermarkets, food establishments, and others adhere to the social distancing recommendations by putting stickers or tapes to keep the customers spaced adequately. Be sure to abide by their rules. At home, remind your family members to clean and disinfect before doing physical contact like hugging.

  • Avoid crowds as much as possible. If you can, do your errands and grocery shopping during off-peak times. Also, instead of taking a bus or any vehicle which will have more passengers, think about riding a bike or just walking if it is close.
  • Keep at least a six-feet distance from others. CDC states that the droplets caused by sneezing or coughing dot travel more than this distance.
  • Call your friends or family or do a video call to communicate instead of inviting them over. They will surely understand that this is not the time to hold gatherings due to the pandemic situation.
  • Find a no-contact greeting. Avoid shaking hands or hugging in public. Maintain your six-feet distance and just wave your hands in acknowledgment.

Wear a Face Mask

As per the recommendation of CDC regarding face masks, people are suggested to use face cloth covers in places where maintaining social distance is difficult, like in subways. This is due to the fact that during the 72 hours before people infected with the virus develop symptoms, they are most contagious. Additionally, there are other infected individuals who can infect others despite being asymptomatic, or lacking the symptoms of the illness. The mask that you wear can protect you from respiratory secretions. If you wear a mask and others wear it too, the transfer of the virus can be avoided. Reserve the N-95 respirators and surgical masks to the medical first responders and healthcare workers since they need it more for their protection.

Restrict Your Travel

Staying at home is the “new normal” nowadays. It might be safer to limit your travel to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and for you to be safe from acquiring the virus. As per the CDC recommendation, due to the global spread of COVID-19, all non-essential international travel should be avoided. CDC stated that since the situation is constantly changing and with COVID-19 cases and death reports, traveling inflates your chance of acquiring the virus and spreading it as well. To protect yourself and others from getting sick, better stay home.

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