The country is slowly but surely opening up again after the nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19. However, many families are still concerned about the spread of the pandemic. Fortunately, the CDC has suggestions for how to prevent transmission even as the world starts to return to normal. This week, we are breaking down the CDC suggestions for protecting you and your family against COVID-19. Read on to learn how to make these steps an easy habit.
Wash Your Hands
Hopefully, people are washing their hands to begin with. However, are people washing their hands correctly? Individuals need to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget to get the places that most people miss such as between fingers and the space between the thumb and pointer finger. Use soap and warm water.
If you are unable to wash your hands, hand sanitizer is a possible alternative. However, it must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective.
If you cannot wash your hands and there is no hand sanitizer around, avoid touching your face at all costs. Additionally, once you are able to clean your hands, sanitize the surfaces that you touched with unwashed hands.
Social Distance As Much As Possible
Maintain your distance with people in public as well as people who are potentially sick. Remember that recent studies have shown quite a few people to be asymptomatic, so even someone with no symptoms can spread COVID-19.
It is helpful to avoid crowded spaces – such as a mall or public beach.
The generally recommended distance is at least six feet. However, the CDC suggests placing as much space as possible between yourself and other people.
Cover Your Face
Cloth face covers are important for everyone to wear in public. However, they are essential for anybody going into a potentially crowded place to pick up necessities. While the cloth does not keep out all potential viruses, it does prevent respiratory droplets from escaping from your mouth. Remember that even if someone is not asymptomatic, COVID-19 incubates for two full weeks.
The CDC asks that people do not wear N95 masks (or any other medical grade masks), as those are reserved for healthcare workers. The center does have a few suggestions for cloth masks, which includes sewing and no sew options.
No Sew – Bandanna
No Sew – T-Shirt
Clean & Disinfect Surfaces
Surfaces that are frequently touched my multiple people in your house need to be cleaned and disinfected. Start with soap and water, then use a household disinfectant. That includes bottled disinfectants as well as disinfectant wipes. The CDC has a whole list of areas to disinfect.
- Tables and chairs
- Countertops (particularly where food is prepared)
- Phones (cellphone and landlines)
Ultimately, none of these steps are effective on their own. However, when they are combined, they are highly effective in keeping COVID-19 out of your home.