With the current COVID-19 outbreak, now more than ever it is crucial to practice responsible self and environmental hygiene. Whether your routine now includes more time at home or an increased awareness at work, use these tips to protect your own health and the health of those around you:
- Wash Your Hands: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes the following recommendations: “Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, before eating or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, us a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.”
- Keep a Surfaces Clean: Whether at home or at work, clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (i.e. doorknobs, light switches, tables, computers and remotes) daily. Use a regular household detergent and water. For an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–approved list of disinfectants, click here.
- Limit the Spread of Germs: Stay home if you have a fever or acute respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath. Sneeze or cough into a tissue and then dispose of it in the trash and wash your hands immediately. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Seek Treatment Responsibly: If you think you have been exposed to or are showing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) of COVID-19, be sure to call your health care provider before going in for a visit. This helps ensure proper preparation is made to ensure safety for as well as the safety of other patients and staff. You can also contact your local board of health for advice on how best to seek treatment.
- Take Care of Yourself: Particularly with changes to normal routines, it is important to maintain healthy habits as a way to minimize stress. Make sure to get plenty of sleep, maintain healthy eating patterns, stay active and stay connected with loved ones via phone, text or social media.
For further information on how to maintain a safe and healthy home and workplace, see these strategies provided by the CDC.