As we move into autumn of 2020, many people are hoping to take steps towards normal living, or at least, to begin building a semi-comfortable “new normal.” Every sphere of life has been influenced by the pandemic and many of us are aware that some permanent shifts have taken place. Regardless of this, we want to pick up the pieces and carry on living. For some people this means returning to work, for others, it means visiting with friends and family more regularly.
Whatever life looks like for you post-coronavirus, there are things you can do to minimize your risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, which is still present in our world. Please note that no precautions can offer 100% protection from the virus and you should never think that you are guaranteed to be safe just because you have practiced safety measures.
Wash Your Hands
The number one way to protect yourself from COVID-19 (and all other viruses) is to practice good handwashing habits. This means washing your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty seconds or using a hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol. Hand washing should be done at all the regular times, but also whenever you’ve touched things that regularly come in contact with other people’s hands like doorknobs, items in the store, support bars on public transit. Always wash your hands before you eat or touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or ears.
Gloves and masks can help reduce your risk of touching or breathing in the virus. Many cities and counties across the world have passed bylaws requiring the use of masks in public indoor spaces and more places are making these changes every day. You can expect these items to be commonplace in public settings and are readily available at any nitrile gloves store or your local drug store as well as online until the end of the flu season at the very least. Please note, if you are using reusable masks or gloves, make sure you are washing them after each use.
Maintain a Safe Social Distance
A safe social distance has been determined to be six feet or two meters. Maintaining this distance from other people as you go about your day significantly reduces the risk of you contracting or spreading coronavirus. At first, this may feel unnatural or uncomfortable, but you might be surprised to notice how much a kind expression or friendly smile makes up for the sensation that you are avoiding people and they are avoiding you.
No matter what life looks like for you after this pandemic, taking these precautions can help keep you, your friends, your family, and strangers safe. Never assume because someone looks young or healthy that you can slack on safety measures. The person you’re looking at might have a high-risk parent, a newborn baby at home, or a medical condition that is not visible, which puts them at greater risk of suffering the severe consequences of the virus.