The current pandemic has caused life as we knew it to come to a halt. With the number of patients succumbing to the fatal virus increasing every day, there is a massive need to adhere to preventive strategies.

After all, prevention is better than cure, and given how a cure for the coronavirus isn’t currently available, you want to do everything you can to avoid getting infected.

Here are three things you should do.

Keep Things Clean

Practicing good hygiene can help prevent you from getting the coronavirus. It’s recommended that you wash your hands frequently during the day for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water.

This is especially necessary after you’ve blown your nose, coughed, or sneezed. If you’ve been outdoors and touched any surfaces outside, sanitize your hands using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol content if soap and water aren’t available.

Any groceries or packages you bring into your home should be wiped with disinfectants. It’s also recommended that you disinfect frequently touched items such as your car keys, phone, wallet, and any other objects and devices you use on a regular basis.

Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, especially when your hands are unwashed.

Adhere to Social Distancing Guidelines

Social distancing laws may have been relaxed in different states currently, but the need to maintain distance is still crucial to prevent the disease. Avoid being in public places unless absolutely necessary and try not to be in a gathering of more than a handful of people.

Go out only for necessities, such as for getting groceries and medicines, or going to the hospital. When you do step out, make sure you’re maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from people around you.

Wear a Mask

The CDC has also strongly recommended that individuals wear face masks when they’re out in public spaces or surrounded by a group of people. For instance, if you’re heading out for a quick grocery run or don’t have the option of working from home, make sure you’re wearing a proper mask during this time.

While wearing one doesn’t eliminate the risk of you getting infected or infecting others in case you’re asymptomatic, it does lower the chances since the virus can be transmitted when an infected person sneezes, talks, or breathes.

Surgical masks and N95 respirators are the most recommended types of masks. However, you can also wear a cloth mask if these are unavailable, especially if you’re based in an area where community-based transmission has been high. Make sure you dispose and/or clean the masks properly after use, and avoid touching the outside surface of the mask.

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