If you're not part of a vulnerable group, becoming a hermit isn't necessarily the solution either. It is useful to leave the house periodically to maintain yourand do critical errands, but there are measures you can take if you are spitting away from people outside the household.
The risk of becoming seriously ill fromonly goes away when society or . There are currently more than 4.3 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide, including more than 1.4 million in the United States. Since the coronavirus is highly contagious and can be transmitted it is important to remain alert.
Don't Get Too Comfortable
Worldwide, the number of coronavirus cases and yes, deaths are not increasing. Many world and local leaders warn that while some growth rates seem to be slowing down in pockets, a second wave of infections can be even worse.
"If we all retire, we could see a second wave that makes this pale in comparison," California Governor Gavin Newsom said last month.
Even as non-essential businesses and public spaces reopen, it is important to remember that the coronavirus threat has not disappeared. Just because the restrictions have been lifted doesn't mean you won't purchase COVID-19 or pass it on to anyone else. Here are seven things you should think twice about when lockdown and quarantine end .
Wear a face mask in public places
Six weeks ago wearing a face mask when going out in public was purely voluntary. In many places, it still is, although the CDC ofin areas with high transmission rates and in places where people cannot maintain a six-foot social distance. The recommendation applies to or .
Some provinces and cities make– usually when you gather around other people, such as in a shop, and not while sitting alone in your car or taking a walk where Six feet at keeping others away is easy to do. At the very least, it's a good idea to keep a face cover handy just to avoid a stranger's side eye or a lecture in the store.
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Don't make shopping trips a source of entertainment
The purpose ofis to avoid transmitting the virus to others or doing it yourself. Yes, but the list of symptoms of COVID-19 is long and scary for (like my cousin), even if they recover, which may take weeks last. The bottom line: You don't want this and you want to limit your exposure to others. So . Now is the time to get what you want and get out, not browsing aisles as a way to pass the time. Entertain yourself .
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Enough with the fingertips: Use your knees, feet, elbows, and knuckles instead.
If you are still pushing buttons for walkways with your fingertips, stop. Each time you need to open a door, press a button, pull a handle, or draw digitally for something, use a different body part instead. You have enough.
For example, I often type in a PIN or make a selection on a digital screen with my knuckle instead of my fingertip. I push a door open with my shoulder, hip or foot instead of my hands.
You can usually turn on a light switch or flip a faucet with your elbow or wrist, and you can wrap the sleeve of your sweater or jacket around the handle of doors that you have to pull open physically. It's easy enough to wash your clothes later on instead of exposing your skin now, especially if you're likely to use your hands to touch food or if your face is large.
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Distance, distance, distance
Social distance can mean anything from home linger and refrain from seeing friends and family from outside to keep a line between you and others when going out. The habit of keeping six feet away from those outside your homegroup includes waiting in line at the grocery store, walking (you can take the bike path if you're careful with street traffic) and picking up food to go.
If you want to keep more distance between you and someone else on a walk or when reaching for an item in the store, take a step back and wait or politely ask the person to give you more space. ("Oh, I'm trying to keep a distance from everyone.")
Look for the automatic option
If the doors of any building you enter are not already open or have automatic sensors, look around before pulling a handle. Most modern buildings have accessibility buttons to open doors for people with mobility problems. You can easily touch this with your forearm, hip or foot (some are quite low) and wait a few seconds for the doors to open.
Consider buying an automatic soap dispenser for your home so you don't have to worry about transferring germs to the pump.
Look where you put your phone
Whileis another smart idea to avoid putting your device on questionable surfaces to start with. Do you really need to put down your phone or can you just put it in a jacket pocket or bag? The less you can expose your phone to shared surfaces, the less you need to worry about it in the first place.
If you do put your phone on a shared surface, say if you pay for takeout, lie down a napkin and put your phone on it. This way you don't have to disinfect your device as often.
Set your reusable carrier bags aside
In the shopping policy, you are increasingly excluded from taking carrier bags and other bags to the supermarket. If you want to reduce your environmental impact, look for ways to reuse the store's fresh bags at home.
The stores where I shop continue to provide baskets and carts, and only a few offer sanitary towels. Others have appointed glove staff to wipe carts and baskets with disinfectant for you before shopping. Others still spray your hands with disinfectant before entering a store. Anyway, it is a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly withbefore leaving the house to protect others, please bring your own hygienic wipes if you have them and the store offers don't choose that option and make sure to wash your hands when you get home. We really can't emphasize that enough.
Don't sort your products with your bare hands
At a time when face masks are becoming more common in shops and customers will give you the side eye to sniff through lemons, here's a little advice: don't stick
sort food a glove or put your hand in a fresh, store-supplied bag. Then you can use the outside like a glove to pick up and inspect the desired garlic and bananas so you don't touch every item with your bare hands. Others will feel more comfortable doing this and it will inspire them to follow suit.
Whatever you do, touch trespassing
See, if they don't live in your household, don't touch them. Most of us now observe this dictum, but if you happen to see a friend or family member, resist the urge to cuddle, tap elbows, or get anywhere closer than six feet. Air hug if you have to. Blow a kiss (minus the actual exhalation). We havethat will keep you and loved ones safe.
To deliver food and packages, embrace the clumsy
. Keeping away means you have to make yourself comfortable by speaking closed doors and leaning back instead of running forward to help the person delivering parcels, mail and food. For example, if you are outside, it is not rude to walk the postman all the way to the front door and put the mail in the box instead of taking it directly – it is careful in time and helps protect you and them by distance to keep.
Likewise, if a delivery person or neighbor drops something, thank you very much through the closed door and wait for them to retreat two meters before going to the door to thank them again and wave. They will appreciate your attention and seriousness.
Wash your hands every time you & # 39; home & # 39;
In addition to social aloofness, thorough hand washing is one of your best defenses against acquiring coronavirus. Give your hands a thorough scrub every time you come back. 20 seconds is the recommended recommendation, which may seem like centuries, but if you wash slowly, it's easy to do.
I count five long seconds (one thousand) from soaping each hand, between the fingers and up to the wrists, then count another five seconds to wash each hand thoroughly for the soap (and any dead bacteria) ) to get out. I also often wash the soap dispenser pump and faucet handles.
That helps me feel safe enough to adjust my contacts, blow my nose and pluck that nagging thing or something out of my teeth in the comfort of my own space.  Don't neglect your car and home
After you return from running errands, it won't hurt to wipe your car and surfaces in your home, especially if you share it with others. Personal contact is the most common vector, but viruses and bacteria do spread through objects and other forms of indirect physical contact. Here is our guide to.
Carry extra napkins, disinfectant wipes and facial tissues
Packing extra tissues, disinfectant wipes, damp wipes and other paper products in my bag is already part of my habit, but now I pay extra attention to how much paper I have on hand .
Normally I might use an extra napkin to wipe my hands after an impromptu snack (also in my bag). Today, these products can come in handy to clear up germs or as a barrier between you (or your phone) and a surface. For example, opening a door handle if you just saw someone coughing in their hands before turning a knob.
Stop Handling Cash
While the greatest risk of contracting coronavirus is believed to be from person-to-person transmission, we know that shared surfaces can harbor the virus. Play it safe by putting the money aside for the time being and relying more on contactless payments. Some companies even refuse to take cash as a safety measure for employees.
Many payment terminals accept Google Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and credit cards with the contactless logo on them. And don't forget that if a digital signature is required, you can use your knuckle instead of your index finger. For a physical signature, start by packing your own pen.
Forbid questionable items for a long time
Coronavirus can attach to surfaces, such as your coat or a table top, for up to nine days at room temperature, studies have found. However, the CDC found that the coronavirus RNA remained in the cabins of the Diamond Princess Cruise ship for up to 17 days after passengers departed.
We know that a thorough cleaning with good soap and water will kill the structure of the virus, but if you are not sure how to disinfect an item, such as a coat that can only be dry-cleaned or a pair of boots, and setting it aside for three or four weeks is another option.
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