Keeping yourself and your family safe during the pandemic can be challenging. The things that we used to take for granted before (such as a quick trip at the store) are not really possible during the widespread quarantine. Events are getting canceled, businesses are closing down, and schools are affected.
How can you help in preventing the spread of diseases even if you’re just staying at home? There are simple ways everyone can do to flatten the curve until a vaccine becomes available. Here are the 10 things you can do to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic
1. Keep your hygiene in check
Practicing good hygiene is the best you can do to help flatten the curve. This can be easily done by regularly cleaning your workspace, your home, and yourself. Make sure to wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Use an antibacterial soap and complete the 20-second rule before rinsing your hands. If counting is boring, you can sing or hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end two times.
2. Practice social distancing
Now’s not the time to be hugging and making contact with other people, especially when out in public. Stay away from other people with at least a 6-foot distance. This is about 2 arms’ length away from each other. Avoid public gatherings, as well as traveling in groups. Instead of shaking hands or hugging, use other means of socialization such as fist bumps. Even a warm smile is enough to brighten someone’s day while the lockdown is in place.
3. Be wary of things or areas you touch
When outside, be wary of the things that you get in contact with using your hands. Use a sanitizer before getting inside of your car to minimize transferring any harmful viruses to your home. Products like fruits and vegetables should be washed carefully before consumption. Keep the objects in the common area (like TV remotes, electronics, door handles, and kitchen counters) sanitized regularly.
4. Use the right masks properly
Surgical masks are the most common protective gear used in public, as well as medical workplaces. To avoid unnecessary shortages, only purchase medical-grade masks if you’re a part of medical staff. Frontliners need the supplies more to do their roles properly. In addition, make sure that you’re using the mask properly (covering both the nose and the chin). You can either use one of these masks for protection:
- Homemade cloth face mask – recommended by the CDC if the 6-foot distancing is not possible.
- Disposable surgical mask – recommended for people who are caring for sick family members or those who are sick themselves
- N95 and KN95 respirators – recommended for medical frontliners and healthcare workers.
5. Regularly check yourself for symptoms
Do you feel a little out of it lately? Are you experiencing fever, dry cough, tiredness, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, and other illnesses? Check yourself regularly to find out if you’re manifesting symptoms of COVID-19. When diagnosed early, you can get medical attention before your condition gets any worse.
If you’re feeling the common symptoms (such as fever above 37.8o C, persistent cough, contact your health care provider to assist you on what to do next. Self-isolation for 14 days is commonly prescribed in most cases. You can take the COVID-19 self-assessment test to get a recommendation of what you should do next if symptoms started appearing.
6. You should know how to take care of sick loved ones
If someone in your home is self-isolating, you must avoid touching the belongings of the sick family members. Furthermore, also check yourself regularly for symptoms, in case you also caught the virus. If you’re caring for someone who is self-isolating, learn the proper treatments you can do to help your loved ones, as well as avoid getting the virus yourself. Make sure to wear protective gear while taking care of someone sick.
There are different ways to treat a sick and self-isolating loved one. Pretty much all remedies are based on the symptoms manifested. For example, if your loved ones are having a cough, make him or her avoid lying on the back. Ease the symptoms by having a teaspoon of honey. You can check the steps you can take in easing symptoms by contacting telecare providers.
7. Don’t touch your face
First thing first, COVID-19 primarily spreads via the droplets in the air. However, besides airborne particles, your hands are one of the major carriers of viruses and other nasty things. That’s why it is recommended to wash your hands at home or use sanitizers when outside. It would even be better if you avoid touching your face altogether.
It’s hard to know what bacteria or viruses are in your palms right now. Before touching your face, make sure that you washed your hands thoroughly. Sanitize electronics and other objects that you use regularly, too.
8. Keep yourself informed
Nothing makes a pandemic worse than misinformation. If you want to get updates regarding the situation for COVID-19, only consult the proper authorities. Here are the major sources of information during this pandemic:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Your national health department
- Family doctors
9. Eat healthily and don’t stop exercising
Now’s the best time to boost your immune system by eating healthy. Make a balanced meal a day, and take supplements if some vitamins and minerals are not available in your food. Don’t stop exercising just because you cannot exercise in your nearest gym. There are different ways to stay fit indoors.