Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been the crisis of the hour for nearly 3 months now. With the dual threat of the diseases’ virality and the virality of the fake news and misinformation that comes with it, it’s essential to be aware and alert about the facts about the disease.
While coronavirus is contagious, there are several ways in which you can ensure safety from the disease. You’re more likely to come in contact with someone who has coronavirus while traveling or commuting to work. Here are some tips to help you stay safe during your travels or commute.
Choose N95 Face Masks
While this may sound counterintuitive, face masks do you no good. Unless you’re sick or you work in the healthcare field, face masks are little to no use for you – if anything, they become breeding grounds for other diseases by trapping moisture near your face. In times like these, face masks should be reserved for those who need it and not be used as a preventive measure. If you do want to wear a face mask, it should be a fitted N95 face mask and not the standard surgical masks that you see everywhere.
Wash Your Hands
Coronavirus spreads via respiratory droplets. These droplets tend to stick and survive on surfaces for an extended period. To stay safe while traveling, you have to ensure that you do not come in contact with them. Hundreds and thousands of people use public transportation systems such as bus stops, trains, airports, etc. It is here that you’re most likely to contract the virus. Hence, you should make sure that you wear thick winter gloves and keep washing and sanitizing your hands as much as possible.
Even after you wash your hands, avoid touching your face, specifically your mouth and nose.
Make Smart Decisions
The best way to avoid catching the coronavirus is to treat it like ordinary flu. Being panicked about the ongoing circumstances will be of no help. In situations like these, it’s best to stay alert, not anxious. If you feel like you’re sick, go see your doctor right away. In other circumstances, it should be business as usual with precautionary measures in place.
Having a smart and rational approach to dealing with coronavirus is the best step forward – fear is can be worse than the virus.