We all know the dangers of infectious diseases. The last thing you want is to come in contact with something that will make you sick, but what if there are no doctors around? Infectious diseases can happen anywhere, anytime, and for anyone. To avoid getting sick, you should take precautions. Below is a compilation of safety tips that you may find helpful.
Keep Yourself and Others Safe
Protect yourself and protect the people around you:
- Wear your mask properly when physical distancing is not possible and in poorly ventilated settings.
- Keep a physical distance of at least 1 meter from others, even if they don’t appear to be sick. Avoid crowds and close contact.
- Get vaccinated as soon as it’s your turn and follow local guidance on vaccination.
- Clean or wash your hands often.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of used tissues immediately and clean hands regularly.
- You should stay away from others until you feel better if you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.
Wear a Mask Properly
To properly wear your mask:
- Clean your hands before you put your mask on, before and after you take it off, and after you touch it at any time.
- When you take off your mask, store it in a clean plastic bag, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask or dispose of it in a trash bin if it’s a medical mask.
- Make sure your mask covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
- Don’t use masks with valves.
The risks of getting COVID-19 are higher in crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces where infected people spend long periods together in closed spaces.
There have been outbreaks in places where people gathered, often in crowded indoor settings and where people shouted, talked loudly, and breathed heavily.
To make your environment as safe as possible:
- Avoid the 3Cs (spaces that are closed, crowded, or involve close contact)
- If possible, you can just meet people outside. Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor ones, mostly if indoor spaces are small and without outdoor air coming in.
- To increase the amount of natural ventilation inside, open a window if you can’t avoid crowded or indoor settings. Additionally, wear your mask properly.
Keep Good Hygiene
By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you. To do this, you should:
- Surfaces such as faucets, door handles, and phone screens should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or with your bent elbow when you sneeze or cough. Dispose of the used tissue right away into a closed bin and wash your hands.
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with either soap or water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Germs, including viruses, can be removed this way.