The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to not get it in the first place. There are many steps you can take to avoid catching Coronavirus as well as protecting others around you. Thankfully COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed across the globe but the rollout will take time. Here we look at what you can do to minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as tips to stay protected during the pandemic:
Wash your hands regularly
- It is recommended that we wash our hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Use soap and warm water. Alternatively use hand sanitizer.
- Be sure to scrub in between your fingers and the backs of your hands.
- Scrub your fingers nails into your palms to remove any contaminated particles.
- Wash your hands before consuming food, after being in a public space or being near children, the elderly, the sick and your pets.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
- With the increase in online shopping, make sure you wash your hands after receiving and handling your mail.
Cough and sneeze into your elbow and not your hands
- Use a tissue to catch a cough or a sneeze as drops of salvia or mucus can spread coronavirus.
- If you don’t have a tissue use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw all tissues away immediately.
- Wash your hands or sanitize them.
Wear a mask
- When away from your home wear a mask at all times, especially indoors.
- The mask should cover your nose and mouth and be fitted securely.
- Wear a mask at home if you are within 6 feet of someone you don’t normally interact with, such as a builder or contractor.
Keep your distance
- It is recommended that you minimize the time you spend in public around other people.
- If you do need to venture out, maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.
- Wear a mask in public and be sure to wash your hands frequently.
Clean and disinfect
- Regularly clean your house and your car as COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours.
- Wash the surface with soap and water before disinfecting to be certain any traces of the virus are eliminated.
Look after yourself
- The CDC reported in September 2020 that 40% of Americans have avoided or delayed non-Coronavirus medical care due to fears surrounding COVID-19. This has caused alarm among health care professionals as delaying medical care can lead to far graver implications further down the line.
- If you have noticed a change in your physical or mental health, it is best to seek medical attention even during the pandemic.
- Stay active and maintain a routine, learn a new skill or start a new hobby. Keeping busy can help reduce feelings of anxiety related to the pandemic.
- The FBI has reported a rise in scams during the pandemic, including criminals posing as government officials, work-from-home fraud, and so-called miracle cures.
- Never provide personal details if you are asked for them by an unsolicited email, phone call or text message.
- Only receive medical treatment from your doctors.
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