Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 With These Safety Measures

Living in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy. In our modern world, the virus spreads globally at a much faster rate than in previous pandemics, which were geographically isolated. The pandemic is forcing people to change their way of living. Even though many people hate change, it’s crucial that we take certain steps and actions to curb the spread of the virus. While vaccines now exist, it will still be some time before it is available to all.

COVID-19 is different from many other coronaviruses and is more life-threatening. Much like other viruses, this virus can survive on surfaces and in the air for long periods of time — enough for someone to catch it. Hence, being as dangerous as it is, it is essential to implement some standard safety procedures to curb the spread of the virus. Action must be taken by all businesses and organizations. There are even college policies to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Other organizations should adopt similar policies.

Tips to prevent yourself and others from the Coronavirus.

Below are some key actions that can be integrated into policies for reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

  1. Frequent, careful handwashing

Wash your hands using warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to scrub the lather through your fingers, wrists, and even under fingernails. Antiviral or antibacterial soaps can be used. Alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You should aim to wash or sanitize your hands several times a day, especially after going out or touching things like a laptop or phone.

  • Do not touch your face

Coronavirus can stay on some surfaces for as much as 72 hours. Some things like doorknobs, cell phones, and gas handles are likely to have the virus on them for this long. Since these are often touched, avoid touching your face or head until you have washed your hands. Coronavirus can enter your body through your nose, mouth, or eyes. Thus it’s crucial to avoid touching your face.

  • Wear a mask.

Masks can help protect you and others from catching the virus. Masks are commonly available in the United States. Be sure to stock up and avoid going out in public places without a mask. 

  • Avoid gatherings and crowds.

Gatherings and crowds often mean you are required to stand close to other people. Due to the fact that even people who don’t show symptoms can spread the virus, it is ideal to avoid crowds in places like bars, restaurants, movie theaters, or fitness centers. 

  • Social distancing 

Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others in public places. Wearing a mask reduces your risk, but for maximum safety, maintaining distance is important. 

  • Disinfect and clean surfaces. 

Make use of alcohol-based disinfectants to clean and disinfect surfaces at home. This includes things like furniture, countertops, door handles, and toys. Make sure to clean other things that are regularly used like laptops, and phones. Also, disinfect groceries and mail packages that you bring into your home. 

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