It seems like everyday new information is coming to light about the pandemic and the characteristics of the virus. The more we learn about this enemy the better equipped we are to fight it. Therefore, we compiled this survivor guide of knowledge and tips from professionals to help. Dr. John Campbell explains important information researchers have newly discovered in this video.
Knowledge leads us to be proactive, feel empowered, and stamps out fear. Click Here to see the recent study he talks about. Below is a number of additional things each of us can do to put fear aside, and be more proactive in protecting our family and ourselves.
Don’t be shy or feel awkward about wearing a mask because if you are wearing a mask no one will know who you are anyway. There is no reason to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. In other countries people’s attitudes are changing about masks if someone is out in public without a mask the thought is, “why are you not doing your part to help others stay safe?”
Eyewear Should Be Everywear
Eyes are not only the window to the soul they can be an entrance for the virus! Protective eyewear is something we should consider. Face shields create an extra barrier. After a mask and eyewear, face shields add more protection. A barrier between a person and the virus is a good idea! This video explains further.
An Outer Layer Just Might Give You Inner Peace
In hospitals, healthcare workers change their gowns, caps, masks, gloves, shoe covers, and wash their hands after leaving an infected person’s room to avoid spreading the virus. Likewise, we can use precautions too so that if the virus lands on clothing it does not get brought into the home. Carefully remove your outer clothing after being out or around people preferably outside, bag them and leave them out in the porch or garage as long as it takes to let the virus die (see video) and take a shower. After the right amount of time has passed put clothes straight in the wash. (See Center for Disease Control’s directions for the proper removal of face masks and PPE.)
Mind The Shoes
The virus can drop to the ground and get on shoes. In China, they aggressively disinfected streets and the front of buildings. Nurses in China also disinfected their shoes before entering the hotels they were living in so they didn’t bring it into their residence. Spray or wash down your railing, walkway, entry, mailbox, etc. Try keeping a spray bottle or bucket of soapy water inside the front door for the walkway and entrance etc.
Cover Your Brain Pan
The droplets could land on the head and hair, and if a person touches their hair and then their face, there could be a risk of infection.
Shop Safe Shop Smart
Make sure you wash and rinse your fresh fruits and vegetables well. While doing the cleaning you might want to consider wearing a mask and gloves as an extra precaution and clean those surfaces well after. Considering the state of the world, it is normal to feel a bit cautious during this epidemic. However, if we all practice these suggestions and follow our health expert’s guidelines we can better protect ourselves and rest assured that we have been proactive and done everything we can during this difficult time.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes and not meant to replace health professionals advise if you have any concerns please speak with your provider.