Day-to-Day Living Guidelines for Covid-19 Pandemic
The world is currently struggling under a pandemic. The COVID-19 coronavirus appears to be the main topic of discussion, the racing thought at the back of our minds, disrupting our plans and routines.
We all hear the same things: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay at home, stay six feet away from others. Viruses live on boxes and plastic and doorknobs and … everywhere.
How does the average person decide what measures to follow unless they truly understand how these things work ?
Should I wear a mask in public?
The first thing to know is that there’s not a lot to know. Sure, it just seems to make sense that if the coronavirus spreads mainly by droplets, and face masks block some in-going and outgoing droplets, they should help. There’s a mechanistic reason to believe that face masks will do something. We all see that health care workers wear surgical face masks. So there must be a reason why they do that. We must have some idea that there’s effectiveness for health care workers. There must be some physiological reason why face masks can prevent infection or prevent transmission. So wear a mask when you are in “exposure” zones (mainly places with other people).
Should I wash hands to stay healthy?
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.
Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrhea infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:
1. Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
2. Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands.
3. Touch a contaminated surface or objects.
4. Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects.
Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water
You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.