You’ve probably been flooded with advice about how to protect yourself against COVID-19 in the past several weeks. The Internet, news, and social media are brimming with advice. Not to mention what you may have heard from well-meaning friends and family. Sometimes it can be confusing to wade through conflicting recommendations.
When it comes to protecting yourself against any virus, stick to the guidelines given out by a trusted source. Pay attention to research backed evidence and use common sense. The best way to shield yourself and your loved ones from contracting coronavirus is to take the four simple steps. Stay away from oddball notions and stick to the basics.
This measure has been put into place for good reason – it’s the number one way to decrease the spread of the virus. If you or someone you come into contact with is carrying the virus without symptoms, the only way to knowingly prevent the spread is to maintain a safe distance. Aside from those you live with in your own home, this is not the time to be around others unnecessarily.
Wear a Cloth Mask
It is advised by the CDC to cover your mouth and nose when you do have an absolute need to go out. Unless you are a health care worker (in which case you need medical masks) then covering your face with a cloth mask may actually help prevent you from spreading the virus to others. Don’t use the mask as a substitute for maintaining adequate distance. It’s just an extra precautionary measure.
Cough and Sneeze Correctly
Consider this good hygiene in general. Whenever you feel the urge to cough or sneeze, the best option is to cover yourself with a tissue, which you immediately throw away. You can use the inside of your elbow if you have to. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds right away. Sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is fine if handwashing isn’t possible.
Keep Everything Clean
This applies to your hands and your home. Wash your hands regularly, especially after any outside contact (deliveries, errands, etc.). Start disinfecting the most used surfaces in your home daily, like doorknobs, light switches, handles, tables, countertops and desks. Other frequently touched surfaces are faucets, sinks, and toilets. Don’t forget about your electronics. This includes keyboards, touchscreens, and remote controls. For electronic surfaces that cannot be washed or sprayed, use rubbing alcohol on a napkin to wipe them clean.
These 4 steps are the best known ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.