As the global pandemic raises its head once more, more and more people are increasing their efforts to flatten the curve. On top of trying to keep the medical field from becoming overwhelmed with a large number of patients, flattening the curve really means keeping ourselves safe. Here are a few ways to prevent infections, specifically COVID-19.
1. Wearing a mask
Wearing a surgical face mask reduces the risk of spreading saliva splatters to your surroundings. Sensitive areas like your eyes, nose, and mouth are easy entries for harmful germs. Wearing a face mask protects your mouth and nose, but not your eyes – it helps keep those around you safer, but doesn’t give you 100% protection. For this method to prove effective, there needs to be a wide consensus regarding it, with more people adhering to the new face mask rules set in place.
2. Keeping up with the latest COVID-19 news
Recent studies have proven that Zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D can help battle COVID-19 symptoms, and are recommended in an attempt to boost the immune system. Other studies have shown blood types have a lot to do with how one reacts to the COVID-19 disease, with blood type A reacting the worse and exhibiting the most severe symptoms, and blood type O displaying the least symptoms. Because the COVID-19 disease is relatively new to the medical field, advancements and further understanding of the virus are happening weekly. Taking time to read through the different studies can help you understand how to deal with it better. Knowledge is power, even when it comes to global pandemics.
3. Social distancing
This is the time to avoid crowded places if you can. Places like the mall, the grocery store, public transportation, and more, have proven to be highly infectious places. Online shopping has become more than just a nice trend – it can actually help you stay away from other people right now. When you do end up meeting with people, practicing social distancing can lower your chances of infection. It’s recommended to keep a 2-meter distance from other people. Imagine a ping-pong table between you and other people to get a clearer mental picture of just how far away you need to be. Some COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic, and so while many businesses take the precaution of measuring body temperature, that is not a fool-proof method of ensuring one stays away from carriers of the disease.
4. Practice good hand hygiene
Hand hygiene is one of the only widely agreed-upon methods to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You should wash your hands thoroughly according to the recommended movements, for at least 20 seconds, several times a day. If you aren’t sure how many times you should wash your hands a day, we made an article about that. Touching infected surfaces and then touching other objects can actually infect them as well. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands as that lets the virus into your body.
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