With all the news going around about COVID-19 on television and online, you may be wondering how to protect yourself from this potential threat to your health. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can protect yourself and others during COVID-19.
Wear a Mask
Even if you don’t have COVID-19, you can still be a carrier. This puts others at risk for contracting the illness, even if you don’t show symptoms or feel sick. If you must go out, whether to get groceries or get takeout, you should wear a cloth face cover or mask in public. Contrary to popular belief, a mask is meant to protect others from you, rather than protect you from other individuals’ germs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not recommend cloth face coverings on young children under age two, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. They also advise to not use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
Although wearing a facemask is one of the best things you can do when you’re out in public, it is not a substitute for social distancing. Social distancing should still be practiced when in public.
Wash Your Hands Often
The CDC recommends that you wash your hands often. This can either be with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. For more in-depth information on CDC recommendations for handwashing, check out brand ambassador Stephanie Woodward’s article, Be Aware and Wash with Care.
Keep Your Distance from Others
Avoid close contact with people who are sick to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. This is especially important if you’re a higher risk patient. Social distancing means not gathering in groups, staying out of crowded places, avoid mass gatherings and maintaining a distance from others of at least six feet. However, this can be easier said than done, especially for wheelchair users. Read brand ambassador Jesse Cuellar’s article on caretakers and social distancing to learn more.
What About Having Fun?
Taking safety precautions doesn’t mean sacrificing fun. There are plenty of activities you can do while practicing social distancing. Check out our article on adaptive sports you can play during COVID-19.
For more information about protecting yourself during COVID-19, check out our article. You can find tips specifically for wheelchair users to keep in mind when taking care of their mobility equipment and the environment around them.