I will begin this post by saying that I am neither a scientist nor a medical professional. In fact, I cannot tell you the first thing about chemistry, biology, or physics. So, why am I writing a post about Covid-19 precautions? Because, if 2020 has taught me one thing, it’s that I have the ability to go about my daily life despite a global pandemic. While it is imperative to stay safe, follow stay-at-home orders, and stay away from bars and parties; this does not mean that we need to be shut-ins forever! So without further adieu, I present to you some helpful tips for surviving a pandemic, from me, a non-expert.
Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize
It has been proven that the Covid-19 virus can live on surfaces for the length of a few hours up to a few days. Considering that we come into contact that multiple surfaces every day, that is a very long time to possibly be exposed to the virus. For this reason, I am diligent about using hand sanitizer. Additionally, I sanitize items and surfaces that I frequently touch or are touched by others. I have amassed a collection of different hand sanitizers sine the pandemic started. I have even made my own hand sanitizer by mixing rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, and tea tree oil. Here are some of my own personal rules for sanitizing your hands and other objects:
- Always sanitize your hands before eating.
- Sanitize your credit and debit cards after they have touched another’s hands or a frequently used surface.
- Sanitize your hands after touching doorknobs and other objects that may have come into contact with others.
- Frequently sanitize your cell phone and other objects that you touch daily.
- For extra precaution, thoroughly wash then sanitize your hands after you get home from an outing.
Wearing a mask is an effective means of avoiding the spread of Covid 19. Let’s face it- masks are not the most flattering accessory nor are they fun to wear. However, WHO mask guidelines do not need to impede your flair for accessorizing. Several companies produce effective cloth masks in a variety of fun designs and colors. In fact, there is nothing wrong with purchasing multiple cloth masks to alternate from day to day. Additionally, you can purchase multiple masks without breaking the bank! A simple Google search can lead you to a plethora of masks for $5 or less.
When it comes to wearing a mask, or “mask etiquette,” I tend to follow the below precautions:
- Wear masks outside while also keeping sufficient distance from other individuals.
- Change your masks throughout the day- wear a different mask for each outing.
- Carry an extra mask in your bag or car.
- Wash your cloth masks after use, throw away surgical or disposable masks after use.
- Adjust the straps on your mask so that it sits tightly on your face.
- If you can, wear a surgical mask under a cloth mask when going out.
Build and Maintain a Healthy Immune System and Practice Self Care
It has been proven that those with weaker immune systems are at higher risk for the virus. Although there are several conditions that a healthy diet and exercise cannot solve, there is nothing wrong with making sure that you are in your best physical condition on a day to day basis. Practicing good health does not mean going to extremes like suddenly adopting a vegan diet or exercising two hours a day. Instead, start by making little changes that fit your body and health needs. As far as physical health and self care is concerned I:
- Meditate for at least 2 minutes daily, if not multiple times a day.
- Exercise for 30 minutes a day and try to walk as much as possible.
- Take a mixture of vitamins and supplements suited to my body.
- Make sure to bathe and wear sunscreen.
There is no guarantee that we are safe from Covid-19. until a vaccine is readily available for everyone. And, as I have said before, I am far from an expert. All caveats aside, it is always good to take extra care of ourselves during a pandemic. Keep my survival guide in mind as you come up with your own ways to stay safe and secure during this uncertain time. Even though things seem uncertain, our world will eventually return back to normal. For now, we must take care of our physical health and be mindful of those around us. To borrow a well-worn phrase: keep calm and carry on!