As businesses, events and daily life tries to get back to “normal”, we have to remember that COVID-19 is still a concern for us all. We can still enjoy get togethers, going back to work or even running errands, we just need to be safe and considerate when doing it. This is a reminder of the basic safety precautions to take, so we can continue staying healthy and doing the things we missed.
1. STAY HOME
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, the best thing you can do for yourself and others is stay home, especially if you are unable to get tested. Remember that symptoms take 2-14 days to appear. If you have come in contact with someone diagnosed, you are higher risk or just not sure, stay home. Please review the symptoms below.
· Fever or chills
· Shortness of breath
· Muscle or body aches
· Loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
2. Wear A Mask
If you plan on going out and masks aren’t mandatory, go ahead and put one on. It decreases your risk by 65% when you and the persons you are around are wearing masks.
3. Social Distance
Social distancing decreases your risk of catching COVID-19 by 90%. Social distancing is defined as standing 6-feet away from others. If you are within 6-feet of someone for more than 10 minutes, that is when you risk being exposed.
4. Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands as much as you can. It is the best thing you can do to ensure that bacteria or germs are not being transferred from or to your hands and to other people. To get the best results, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and hot water. You want to cover the entire hand, front and back, fingers and under your nails. When you don’t have immediate access to soap and water, use a sanitizer that is at least 65% alcohol.
5. Cover Your Cough and Sneeze
Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue and throw it away. Do not use your hands. If you have a natural reaction to use your hands, wash them directly after for 20 seconds.
6. Avoid touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth
We all do it but now we just need to be more mindful. Wearing a mask can be an easy preventative and reminder for you to not touch your face if you struggle with that.
7. Up Your Disinfecting Efforts
If you can snag some disinfecting wipes or spray in stores, grab them! Try to clean surfaces, doorknobs, even your phone more than you normally would. If your life is fast-paced, you don’t realize how much you touch in a day. Wipes are an easy thing to keep in your car or office desk.