How to Protect Yourself
As of today, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We know one thing for sure: the virus spreads mainly from person-to-person. So, how do we protect ourselves? To put it simply, the best way to prevent contraction is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, many of us still have to enter a workplace, run essential errands and adjust to the “new normal”. Staying inside for months simply isn’t realistic. Here are five ways to ensure maximum protection when exposed to the outside world:
Wash Your Hands Often
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public space. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. The Cuver Zen Kits (LINK TO KIT) include hand sanitizer and hand soap sheets, which simply require you to add water for an on-the-go wash. Most importantly, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and month with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact
The goal of social distancing is to limit exposure by reducing face-to-face contact and preventing the spread among people. The CDC recommends at least 6 feet of distance between you and individuals who aren’t members of your household. With COVID-19, it is possible to spread the virus without showing symptoms. To avoid the risk, keep distance from others, reduce visitors, wear a cloth face covering and run errands during off-peak times.
Cover Your Nose and Mouth with a Cloth Face Cover When Around Others
As mentioned above, you can spread the virus to others even if you do not feel sick. The best way to avoid infecting others is to wear a cloth face covering, and this is their most important use for society. By blocking a significant amount of respiratory secretions, your mask protects others, and their masks protect you. Everyone should wear a face covering in public places and when around people who do not live in your household. Note: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Clean and Disinfect
We know COVID-19 is susceptible to disinfectants, so it’s important to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. High-touch areas include door handles, phones, light switches, and remotes. Be sure to also disinfect horizontal surfaces such as desks, countertops, and kitchen tables where droplets from coughing or sneezing can land. Do not dry surfaces after wiping them down as the contact time is often what kills the germs.
Monitor Your Health Daily
Lastly, the best way to stay on top of your health is to be alert for symptoms. Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, and others.
Remember, if you think you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 and have symptoms, call your doctor office or emergency room ahead of time to tell them about your symptoms and any recent travel. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor will determine whether or not you need to come in to be evaluated. Avoid contact with others and continue to wear your face mask if you need to leave your home. Stay safe!