By this time, it should be common knowledge of the different ways we have to minimize our exposure to COVID-19. However, we believe that it is good practice to go through — and share with our loved ones — this simple but effective list of things that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), we can do to lower our risk of getting this virus.
Follow local authorities’ recommendations: Only look for information that national, regional and local authorities have said on the matter.
Keep your distance: Surprisingly, many people — still — may not know that the flu virus can live on surfaces or in the air for up to two hours. So, keep your distance from others, even if they seem healthy.
Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated, and indoor locations: The BC Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (BCCDC) urges individuals to spend more time outdoors than indoors. Spending time outdoors allows for better ventilation, which prevents the accumulation of infectious airborne droplets.
Ventilation is essential for air quality: Opening windows can increase the amount of outdoor air in your living or working space, reducing the need for artificial cooling and heating.
Wear a mask: One way you can help protect yourself and others is to wear a mask. Lately, N95 particulate masks — or similar — are strongly recommended because, when dealing with a respiratory virus like this coronavirus, these types of protectors can make a big difference in protection from infection. The second highly-recommended type of mask would be the Level-3 surgical mask.
Avoid touching surfaces — especially in public settings: COVID-19 has now mutated to different variants, some of which may be much more resistant to standard disinfectants. That’s why it is essential to avoid touching surfaces touched — or may be touched — by someone infected with the virus, and to clean surfaces regularly, too.
Clean your hands frequently: Washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer will reduce the germs. Alcohol or sanitizing wipes are also good because you can easily carry them everywhere.