2020 has not been the year everyone has expected because of the onset of the novel coronavirus or as we normally prefer it, COVID-19. Though the release of the credible vaccine in the last quarter of last year has given us a glimmer of hope that everything can go back to normal, it would still be a while before it reaches homes and gives immunity to almost everyone.
In the meantime, one has to still be vigilant and take the necessary precautions not to be infected especially when going out. But how do you do that? Here are some helpful tips on how to safeguard yourself from the virus when you’re out.
How To Keep Yourself Safe from COVID – 19 When Going Out?
Lockdowns and restrictions have been done to curb the spread of the virus. And while most of us would prefer to be at home, we still have to run errands and do important tasks to support our everyday lives. You should always do these when going out.
Wash Your Hands; Clean and Disinfect
It should be a habit by now to wash your hands before and after going out. Set up a washing station at your door. It would be more convenient if you have it just before you open the door to your home to prevent you from touching the doorknob without disinfecting first. At home, you should have your carpets cleaned regularly as a Coronavirus precautionary cleaning measure since you can’t possibly be meticulous enough to disinfect your shoes or slippers after going outside.
Always Carry A Sanitizer of Alcohol in Your Bag
It’s necessary that you got a handy disinfectant tucked inside your bag every time you go out.
Always disinfect your hands after you have touched something that’s used by everybody. A handle of the store’s door or the ATM can be a medium for infecting you with the virus. Make it a habit of disinfecting your hands.
Wear Your PPE at all Times
The health ministry has continually reminded us to always wear our masks when going out. It’s not necessary to use a surgical mask, though it offers more protection, you just need to cover your nose and mouth since that is where contaminated aerosols from an infected person can get inside your body. Eyewear can also be helpful to protect your eyes from anyone who might accidentally cough or sneeze near you since your eyes can also be an entrance for the droplets infected with the virus.
Practice Social Distancing and Avoid Crowds
As the news has been broadcasting for the nth time, you should stay 6 feet away from every individual you might see outside. Even your friends and family that are not living with you are no exception to the rule. And if you are going grocery shopping, you can schedule it out at times where people don’t usually do their groceries. It would keep you from having to run around the aisles of the grocery store and bumping into other people. Also, just decline any sorts of parties at the moment. Right now, your motto should be: It’s better to be safe than sorry.
There are other things that you can do to prevent yourself and others from being infected especially when going outside. Safety is always a matter of practicality.