The spread of the COVID-19 Virus has come faster than any other virus that we have seen in the last 20 years. It’s life-threatening characteristics make it extremely dangerous for those with pre-existing conditions and those that do not have access to the resources that they may need to effectively battle the infection.
Most of the world is focused on finding a way to eradicate the virus completely. As they should, there is also a focus on how to slow and stop the spread of the virus to keep it contained. If you are looking for ways that you can help slow and stop the spread of the virus, try these tips and tricks to make your social distancing process safe and easier for yourself.
Cover Your Face
The Center for Disease Control has released many statements advising that you keep your face covered when you need to be around other people. Whether you are working or going on a quick trip to the grocery store, it is important to keep your face covered. Face covers can be purchased or made at home. If you have some form of cloth covering your face and nose, your face mask should help you stay safe.
When you wear a face mask, the main goal is not to refrain from contracting COVID-19 but keeps others safe if you in fact are a carrier of the infection. You should still remain at least six feet away from others, even when using a mask. If you are able to purchase a mask that can be used to cover your face, we highly recommend doing so. If you are not in an area that may have face masks available, they can be easily made at home with only a small amount of cloth. If you need assistance with making your own facemask at home, follow this link to find step by step instructions: Homemade Face Mask Instructions
Stay Healthy, Stay Inside
In this pandemic, quarantining yourself away from others and staying within your home is the best thing that you can do to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Refrain from going out into public unless absolutely necessary. When staying in a self-quarantine, it is important to ensure that you are isolated from others to reduce the risk of becoming exposed to the disease. Staying inside and quarantining yourself can be difficult when you need to replenish your supplies, but there are a lot of ways that you can get when you need even though you are unable to leave your home.
If you need to get groceries, there are apps depending on your location that will shop for you and deliver to your home with a no-contact delivery. Apps such as Instacart make it easy to shop from home and have everything delivered to your door. If you would like to continue supporting your local restaurants, the chances that they are offering delivery though an app is also likely If they have remained open. You can check Postmates and UberEATS to see if they are still open and place a delivery order that can also be delivered through a no-contact delivery.
Practice Good Hygiene
Practicing good hygiene is a critical step to ensuring that you keep yourself safe during this pandemic. When new things enter your home such as mail, parcels, or deliveries, make sure to sanitize them with any kind of sanitizer that you have available to you.
The COVID-19 virus can remain on surfaces for up to 14 days, so it is important to sanitize any foreign objects that come inside your home. Once you have sanitized your surroundings or new additions to your home, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with an anti-bacterial soap to kill any germs that are trying to catch a ride in. Washing your hands and sanitizing your surroundings will destroy the virus if it has found a home on any on packages that make their way into your home.