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August 13, 2020

How to Stay Safe When Going Outside During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to stay at home to prevent the virus from spreading. Although people should avoid going out, there are instances where it’s a must. 

If you have to leave the house during this time, make sure that you take the right steps to protect yourself from the virus. Here are a few crucial tips that you should remember. 

Observe Social Distancing 

Whether you’re going to a testing center or getting groceries from the supermarket, you should always practice social distancing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6 feet is the optimal distance to keep between you and others. 

Limit prolonged close contact with people and being in crowded areas. Remember, even though someone doesn’t look sick, they could still be carrying the virus and not showing symptoms. 

Wear a Mask 

Wearing a mask is an absolute need when you’re around others and cannot maintain a six foot distance. The virus can easily enter your nose and mouth. Keeping both protected is the key to ensuring that you’ll avoid getting infected, particularly when you’re in crowded places. The masks also prevent you from spreading the virus. You may have it and not know that you do. 

N95 masks are the most effective, but their quantity is limited and they are used in the clinical setting, finding them may be difficult. Surgical masks are effective and are easier to find. Cotton masks are good alternatives as well and provide significant protection. You’ll have more colors and designs to choose from as well and they are much more widely found. 

Watch Where You Place Your Phone 

Not every establishment is like a hospital in Bowling Green, OH where surfaces are sanitized continuously. Whether it’s on a countertop or park bench, be cautious about where you place your phone. 

Plenty of germs can easily stick to your phone. This puts you at risk since the device is frequently held and used near the face. Make it a habit to regularly clean your screen with isopropyl alcohol to eliminate the bacteria that might be present on it.

Consult a Medical Professional

Knowing the right things to do when going out during this time will help you avoid getting infected. Call our staff at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, OH, if you’re planning to check your current health status. They’ll help you book an appointment with one of our physicians.


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