In the uncertain times we currently face, it is more important now than ever to do what we can to stay healthy and safe. A lot of the things we were told to practice as children remain true, but they are worth reiterating. Read these these pieces of advice that are easy to implement in your every day life to keep yourself, and others safe.
Wash your hands
Thoroughly clean your hands whenever you go to the store and come into contact with another person. Use soap and water, and remember to wash the backs of your hands, your palms, your knuckles, and in between your fingers for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you cannot get to soap and water for whatever reason, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
When you are around others that you do not live with, keep a minimum of six feet between each other. This distance should allow you to avoid breathing in the droplets that are sprayed when someone sneezes or coughs, and should help keep you safe from illness.
Avoid touching your face
If you regularly rest your chin on your hand or rub your eyes, this one might be difficult. We touch a variety of surfaces every day, where a virus could be waiting. When you then touch your nose, mouth, and eyes, you are opening yourself to the possibility of transferring the virus, so avoid it as much as you can.
Practice proper respiratory hygiene
This is something we’ve been told since we were children: make sure to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue, and if you do not have one, use your inner elbow. Remind others to keep everyone safe.
If you have cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention early
Especially in these times, it is suggested that you stay home if you feel unwell. Do not go to the doctors unless your symptoms are unmanageable, or if you have a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing together. Make sure you call ahead to keep others safe if you may potentially carry the virus.
Stay healthy, stay safe, stay hydrated, and stay positive!