Keeping Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic began taking its toll in March 2020, no one could have predicted that we would still be dealing with its devastating repercussions in 2021. And unfortunately, it looks like we will continue battling through this pandemic for the foreseeable future. On a positive note, there are plenty of established precautionary measures you can take to minimize the chances of catching or spreading COVID-19. The following guidelines have basically become common knowledge, but it never hurts to keep these safety precautions in mind.

Wear a Mask

We all know that wearing a mask that properly covers your nose and mouth is an extremely effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. And since every time you are out in public or around other people you should be wearing a mask, try to find a comfortable mask to wear that still maintains its efficacy. If you choose to wear a washable mask, it is important to thoroughly wash your mask after each use; you should also have several washable masks so that you always have one to wear when the others are in the washer.

medical face masks
washing hands at a sink

Wash Your Hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Social Distancing

When outside of your house, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and anyone else who may be around; 6 feet is approximately the distance of two arms’ length. If someone within your household is sick, the CDC recommends practicing the 6 feet rule when with them; however, you may want to consider having them stay within certain areas of your home until they are no longer contagious. Using a disinfectant spray like Lysol on doorknobs and other areas of common contact can also help prevent spreading the virus. As we have mentioned above, washing your hands is an extremely effective way to help keep yourself and your family members healthy.

Take Special Notice of Your Own Health

If you are experiencing any symptoms such as a fever or trouble breathing, you should most likely get tested for COVID-19. It is also possible to have the virus without showing any symptoms. This is why it is so important for everyone to take the proper precautions to help prevent the spread. We can all do our part to help minimize the longevity of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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