The world and everyone in it have been forced to collectively face a deadly new foe. This enemy is invisible, insidious, and has inflicted great harm on people of all races, ages, and gender. Its name is COVID-19, and it has cast a long and terrible shadow across the globe.
Yet, although extraordinarily deadly and extremely contagious, COVID-19 is not invincible. Humanity as a whole and the best medical minds from all countries have already made great strides in combating its spread and limiting its opportunities to spread.
The threat from the pandemic is far from neutralized, but the tide does appear to be turning, and it appears as if our tenacity and perseverance are starting to bear fruit.
It is precisely at this moment in time that caution should be our watchword as we take nothing for granted. Now is not the time to let our guard slip, and our vigilance fail. COVID-19 has not gone away, and it is still lurking in all four corners of the globe. Fortunately, there are tried and tested ways in which we can stay safe and prevent its spread.
Dr. Ari Bernstein, MD, has been one of the frontline warriors in the global response to the Coronavirus pandemic and has these five tips for everyone to stay free from harm and keep fighting the good fight.
Take A Hands-On Approach
It’s said cleanliness is next to godliness, and when it comes to COVID-19, you should treat hand-washing and hand-sanitizing religiously. You should sanitize them pretty much as if your life depended upon it. “People must get into the habit of washing their hands or sanitizing their hands regularly. This is particularly important if you’ve been in a public place or have just coughed or sneezed. Never ever touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unsanitized hands,” states Dr. Bernstein.
“At hospital settings, we’ve long been accustomed to the importance of regular hand washing and sanitizing. It’s a good habit to get into, so make sure you keep it up. Your life, and that of others, could depend upon it,” he adds.
Whether you are staying at home or going out, you must observe social distancing. This entails keeping about two arms’ lengths from others in public, even if you’re wearing a mask.
Dr. Bernstein recommends, “We must avoid mass gatherings and stay out of crowded places. With a steady rise in asymptomatic Coronavirus positive cases, it is crucial to practice social distancing to restrict COVID-19 from spreading.”
Though it’s not easy to miss out on seeing your loved ones, fortunately, we have the technology and social media to keep us in touch until this pandemic passes.
Wear A Mask
When you’re out in public, be it shops, public transportation, or the workplace, you should be wearing a mask to cover your nose and mouth.
Dr. Bernstein explains, “Masks can help protect you from infection by others, but it can also protect others from being infected from you. Not everyone who has the Coronavirus displays symptoms, and you might be infected without even realizing it.”
Cough and Sneeze Discreetly
Even when we’re not ill, coughing and sneezing are part of everyday life. The trick is to do it discreetly and practice good hygiene measures. Always use disposable tissue to cover your coughs and sneezes before discarding it safely.
“Never cough or sneeze without covering. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, but under no circumstances use your hands,” shares Dr. Bernstein.
Keep It Clean
You’d be surprised at just how much bacteria your hands carry and how much of it can be found on regular everyday items we all frequently use without thinking, such as doorknobs, tables, light switches, keyboards, phones, and toilets.
“The important thing to remember is to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This way, it will help minimize the spread of harmful bacteria and keep us all safe until the war on the terrible virus is finally won,” concludes Dr. Ari Bernstein.
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