We are far from completely suppressing COVID-19, and until that happens, your only way to keep you and your family safe is by following the guidelines set by your local government and health authorities, and by establishing preventive measures within your household. Here are some tips on how you can secure your family’s safety from COVID-19:
Stay at home
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, restricting close contact with other individuals is the most advisable way to decrease the risk of COVID-19, and there’s no better way of doing it than staying at home. While in most states, most establishments have already reopened, people are still highly encouraged to stay home unless their purpose of going out is to replenish food supplies, to buy medicine, or other emergencies.
Alternatively, you can have your groceries delivered to you via apps like Instacart or Amazon Fresh. You can also have your medicine delivered and ordered online via medicine delivery apps like PillPack and 1mg. And if going out is your only option, be sure to follow the guidelines of your trusted health authorities. Wear a mask and keep your eyes, nose, and mouth covered while doing your shopping or any other activities in public. Observe at least 6-feet of social distancing, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and always sanitise with a hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol content.
Wear safety wears at work
If you’re working on the frontline or you can’t do your job at home, be sure to wear a mask and keep your eyes, nose, and mouth covered while travelling to work. CDC also emphasises the importance of following their travel guidelines, especially if taking public transportation to work.
If your job involves interacting with people, make sure that you are equipped with PPE safety workwearwhile working. That won’t only keep you safe from possible acquiring of the virus in the workplace; it will also lessen the chances of you carrying the virus at home and spreading it to your family.
Instigate preventive actions to your children
Apart from social distancing and wearing a mask, good hygiene can also keep your family safe from the virus. And while many people thinkthat their home is the safest place free from the virus, they might not be right all the time. The virus spreads fast, so teaching and encouraging your children preventive measures can help them cope with this spreading.
Explain to your children the importance of social distancing and wearing a mask in public spaces. Establish a routine of handwashing, teach them how and demonstrate to them if necessary.
Continue with your healthy habits
While being healthy will prevent your family from getting sick, your recovery may be easier if you own a strong immune system. Make sure that your family takes their daily dose of vitamins, most especially vitamin C. Also, avoid ready to eat or processed meals as much as possible and opt for cooking fresh products.
Encourage also your family to do physical activities even when at home. You can organise ayoga or a dance party, and if you have a deck or a patio, it’s best to do it there.
Monitor your family’s health
Some symptoms that signal the onset of the COVID-19 virus are cough, fever, sore throat, headache, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, vomiting, and diarrhoea. If any of these persist in a family member,call a healthcare professional immediately to determine the next course of action. Remember thatit is crucial to detect any symptoms at its early stage so that anyone infected can be separated from the rest.
Sanitize your home regularly
Level up your typical way of cleaning your home. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces like your tables, doorknobs, light switches, desks, keyboards, phones, sinks, toilets, etc. And not only your home needs cleaning and sanitizing but also your car, especially if you’re using it to go to work and shopping outdoors.
CDC suggests cleaning surfaces with soap and water to reduce the germs and bacteria and then use disinfectant with 5.25 to 8.25% solution. For your car, you may reach your local car cleaning services for a more in-depth cleaning and sanitizing.
Also, keep in mind not to use expired disinfectant as its effect had most likely deteriorated already. If you use diluted bleach solutions, CDC suggests it to be in the ratio of 4 teaspoons of 5.25 to 8.25% bleach per quart of room temperature water.
Following these measures can only make us safe in a short period. While this is not a permanent solution, this is better than doing nothing at all. However, be sure that you only follow measures from a trusted source.