We are here for you. We hope to provide concise COVID19 information when there is a lot of conflicting news about how to safeguard ourselves. To limit confusion, here are some guidelines and links that will keep you protected as we collectively attempt to transition back to a sense of normality. These aren’t necessarily new guidelines, yet are worth remembering as we restore our economy and workforce.
We aren’t out of danger yet
Areas that loosened restrictions are starting to see a resurgence in COVID19 cases.
Clusters of new outbreaks are threatening countries like South Korea, China, and even Germany, a country that was touted as doing an exceptional job at containing the spread of the virus. The US will not be an exception and it is important to continue to safeguard yourself and your home.
Diligently practice exceptional hygiene
Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more and turn off the water using a paper towel. Make it a habit to do so often and upon entering/leaving your home, office, or shared communal areas. Use sanitizer often, especially in areas with high-touch surfaces such as grocery carts, gas pump stations, and doors. Keep frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, counter tops, car keys and credit cards clean. Sanitize these items/areas after going into public places upon returning home.
Continue to wear a mask!
Numerous studies demonstrate that masks are incredibly effective at limiting the spread of COVID19, by inhibiting aerosolized particles and respiratory droplets. This BBC article discusses the history of news coverage for and effectiveness of different masks from N95 to homemade versions. This article details the viral concentration that occurs with talking, exercising, sneezing, and how likely it is to spread; key areas of concentration are public bathrooms and one-on-one, extended conversations without masks.
Continue to practice social distancing
Yes, we miss hanging out with friends and colleagues, yet there is still substantial risk for group get-togethers. Keep a minimum of 6 feet between persons, meet outdoors with plenty of natural air flow, and keep groups to smaller sizes. As restrictions relax, we can find ourselves more often in crowded situations when shopping for supplies. Try to shop at the beginning of the day or use Google to determine what times are less busy for a business. Call ahead or purchase online to get your shopping list filled for you so that you can do curbside pickups. If you’re older, some stores have times that are specific for seniors to avoid diverse age groups.
Avoid complacency, adhere to consistency for protection
“COVID19 fatigue” or feeling sick and tired of the conditions of limitation due to COVID19, is common and can be irritating, overwhelming, or annoying for some individuals. Focus on personal safeguarding and think positively and remember that by following the guidelines above you protect not only yourself, but others as well.
Here’s an article by Sanford Health about the power of positive thinking during the COVID19 crisis.
- Kimberly Ann Brown, L.Ac.