Amid all the fear that’s currently front and center in society… the best course of action is to remain calm and take positive measures – social distancing by staying at home. However, it can be near impossible to avoid external contact, especially if you find yourself needing to shop at a grocery store or pharmacy.
We can’t all avoid the outdoors, so when you’re hitting the streets, follow these basic rules to stay safe:
1. Watch (and wash) those hands!
It’s not like you can never touch your face again – on the contrary, you CAN touch your face at home when your hands are clean or in the shower. The trick is to be mindful while you’re outside and resist the urge to touch any part of your face with your hands while you’re out and about.
2. Careful with your phone and electronics
Even if you wash your hands for 100 seconds, the germs and bacteria on your electronics and accessories that you carry around daily will stay alive. As such, make sure to clean these every time you return from an outing. You can never be too careful – even Tom Hanks contracted the virus!
3. Understand what puts you at risk
We all know the risks of touching our faces and biting our nails after touching public surfaces. Instead of being afraid of what could happen, know your risks and implement strategies to help avoid getting into a sticky situation. For instance, make sure to walk at least 6 feet away from other pedestrians just in case someone coughs or sneezes in your path.
4. Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize
Bring your hand sanitizer or soap with you at all times – I’m sure many have run out of hand sanitizer by now, so don’t be afraid to bring soap from home in your purse or backpack everywhere you go. Clean surfaces where you will be sitting or touching things if you find yourself in a public place. Also, be sure to clean yourself and your belongings when leaving a place, and wash your clothes as much as possible (with water waste in mind!).