After reading this post, and you’ve checked off everything on the list below, you can be rest assured that you’re good to go!
You can work to better protect yourself from COVID-19 by washing your hands, avoiding contact with infected individuals, and sanitizing your home, among other activities.
The new coronavirus is officially called SARS-CoV-2, which stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. An infection with this virus can lead to coronavirus disease 19 or COVID-19.
There are people who have symptoms that are only mild, while others have severe COVID-19 symptoms.
Here are 10 hygiene tips to help you understand how best to stay healthy and protect others around you.
Wash your hands often:
You can wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or within a group of people.
Or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water isn’t sufficient for you, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 65% alcohol.
Rub all surfaces of your hands, rub them together, till they feel absolutely.
Practice Social Distancing:
Do not come close to people, especially those who are obviously sick. Create a space between yourself and other people.
If COVID-19 is rapidly spreading in your community, it is paramount that you remain indoors.
Cover Coughs & Sneeze:
When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with tissue or use the inside of your elbow. After using the tissue, throw it in the trash.
SARS-CoV-2 is found in high amounts in the nose and mouth.
What this means is, it can be carried by air droplets to other people when you cough or sneeze.
Wear a Face Mask:
If you are experiencing any of the coronavirus symptoms, you should wear a facemask when you are close to people, or when you visit your healthcare provider.
If you are not having any of the coronavirus symptoms, you don’t really need to wear a facemask, well unless you are taking care of someone who is sick.
However, Facemasks may be in short supply in your community, they should be kept for caregivers.
Stop Touching your Face:
It is true that SARS-CoV-2 can live on hard surfaces for up to 3 days.
If you touch a surface like a doorknob, or fuel pump handle, or even your cell phone, you can get the virus in your hands.
Avoid touching your face or head, most importantly, your mouth, nose and eyes. Avoid biting off your fingernails.
This can give the virus a chance to go from your hands into your system.
Don’t Drink and Eat in Public Places:
This is not the time for food and booze parties. Avoid restaurants, coffee stores, bars and other forms of eateries.
Did you know that the virus can be transmitted through food and kitchen utensils?
It may also be airborne from other guests at the venue.
You can still order or takeaway food, just make sure you choose foods that are thoroughly prepared and can be microwaved.
Avoid Sharing Personal Items:
Don’s share personal items like makeup kits, hair tools or phones.
Also remember not to share eating utensils and cups. Teach your kids to identify their reusable cups, straw and other dishes for their personal use only.
Clean and Disinfect Surfaces:
Make sure to use alcohol-based disinfectants to clean hard surfaces in your surrounding. Also clean your phones, laptop and any other device you use every time.
Disinfect areas after you bring groceries or packages into your home. Use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide solutions for general cleaning in between disinfecting surfaces.
Wash Fresh Foodstuffs:
Allow them to dry before keeping them in your fridge or cupboards.
You can also use an antibacterial wash that are made with vegetables to clean fresh produce.
Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after handling the groceries.
Self-isolate if Sick:
Call your local healthcare provider if you have any symptoms.
Stay at home until you are feeling better. Avoid sitting still, sleeping or eating with your friends and family even if you all live in the same house.
Wear a mask and wash your hands as much as possible. If you need urgent medical care, wear a mask and let them know you may have COVID-19.