As we work our way through the COVID-19 crisis, it’s time to step back and look at how we do our everyday tasks in a safe and healthy manner. The VisionAware Peer Advisors are starting this series with a section on basic hygiene measures that the CDC recommends.
Personal Hygiene: Basic Measures to Follow to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
- Wash your hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms; fever and a dry cough are most common.
- DON’T touch your face.
- DON’T travel if you have a fever and cough.
Washing Your Hands
Washing your hands properly and often is one of the best ways to protect yourself. We need to make sure we follow the recommendations in both technique and length of time. Watch this video from the CDC on washing your hands correctly, using soap and water as the best cleanser. You should wash for at least 20 seconds to give the soap time to work on dissolving the virus’s protective coating.
If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Next, we’ll discuss staying hygienic at home.
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