Your home, whether it is an apartment or a house, is probably always the place where you feel the safest. But not even in our wildest dreams, or nightmares, we could have assumed that we would literally have to hide in our homes for weeks until the Coronavirus pandemic is over. Because that is what is going on right now. Staying at home became the only thing that could potentially save us from the novel Coronavirus.
Current Situation With COVID-19
Right now, it does not make much sense to talk about numbers, because they are increasing with every second. And just when we think that it can get any worse, it can. The only bright example and a dash of hope in China, the only country that is successfully recovering after around three months of terror. But European countries like Spain and Italy already have more death cases than China.
While some scientists are working on developing a vaccine, others are trying to develop a COVID-19 antibodies test that should show us whether or not someone already had the virus. This is crucial because not everyone develops severe symptoms, so it can happen that people who were infected were not even aware of that. It is assumed that those people now have greater immunity to the virus, and therefore, they should be the first ones to go out and work on helping others.
Besides staying at home and avoiding any close contact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following tips for staying safe and protected during the global coronavirus pandemic:
- Wash your hands often. If you have been outside or coughing, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
- When outside, use hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% of alcohol.
- Do not touch your face, especially your mouth, eyes, or nose, before washing your hands.
- Avoid close contact, especially with people who are sick or have some symptoms.
Additional Tips on How to Stay Safe
Besides official guidelines that we are all well aware of now, it seems like there is a need to go more in-depth, to point out what circumstances or situations can be particularly dangerous. Although millions of people are self-isolating at home, some of us still need to go out from time to time, whether to buy groceries or to work. Therefore it is essential to put an accent on situations and places that can be high-risk.
Although at first everyone recommended face masks, gloves are equally, if not even more important, for our protection. Just think about all the surfaces you touch once you step out of your home, knobs, doors, shopping carts, and not to mention public transportation. The virus can survive for around three days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces, so keep that in mind.
If you work in a healthcare system, it is ideal to tag any samples with COVID labels so that you can avoid unfortunate experiences.
Masks are not the best protection.
Everyone is going crazy because there are no masks to find, but the reality is, those basic masks do not help much. These surgical masks are worn out after only a few hours, and they are not meant to be used multiple times, as many people wear them. You should wear a mask in public if you are sick or around someone who is ill.
Disinfect your household.
Your home isolation does not work if you or someone from your family members brought the virus inside. First, you have to clean everything and then use disinfecting wipes and sprays to disinfect all frequently used surfaces. That includes tables, doorknobs, keys, phones, etc. Wash all drapes, rugs, and towels at the highest temperature recommended.
If you have kids, do not use their utensils or allow them to eat from your plate. Use serving spoons instead of allowing everyone to take food from the same plate or bowl with their utensils. Also, everyone should have their own glass and use just that one.
Do not touch what you do not have to.
It is time to be creative and avoid using our hands and touching surfaces that are playgrounds for a virus such as COVID-19. That means you should not touch doorknobs with your bare hands; if you do not have gloves, rely on your elbow. Also, do not touch stairway railings and try to limit the use of items that other people from your household also use, for example, remote controllers, etc.
No one really knows, but if we all stayed at home for long enough, it would probably all be gone much faster. The World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 is a global pandemic earlier this month, and currently, the situation is far from good. No one knows when this crisis will end. But we do know that, if you follow these tips and take care of yourself by staying at home and washing your hands, you can protect yourself and your close ones.
Selena Thomas is a content writer who loves sharing tips on healthy lifestyles. A writer by day and a reader by night, she’s fond of writing articles that can help people in improving both physical and mental health. Also, she loves travelling and inspires people on her blogs.