COVID-19 has changed the way we live. Tasks that were as simple as going to the grocery store or visiting a medical practice have become a source of anxiety and uncertainty for some people. Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe has become a priority and is bound to change the way the world functions once we get out of this pandemic.
When visiting any medical practice, it has become essential to practise safe hygiene. You never know who was there before you. Recent research has shown that the virus is transmitted by respiratory droplets of someone who is already infected by COVID. Moreover, it can also be transmitted by touching surfaces that have been touched by an infected person. The worst part is that the virus can survive for a couple of days on surfaces, so you can never be too careful. However, this does not mean that you can stop visiting medical practices. Instead, the solution is to practice safe hygiene while at the doctor's and when you get home.
Here are some ways to practice safe hygiene:
1. Don't Touch Your Face
While you are at the medical practice, it is best to keep your hands away from your face. This means that you must avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. You never know where your hands have been, so it is best to stay cautious.
Wear a mask so that you are not tempted to touch your face. Moreover, do not touch random surfaces and try to keep your hands in your lap. If you feel the need to sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Once done, throw the tissue away and sanitize your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Whatever you do, do not use your hands.
2. Wash Your Hands
When visiting a medical practice, you must wash your hands with water and soap for 30 seconds. You don't want to pass on germs to people at the doctor's; neither do you want to get sick when you come home.
To time the hand washing exercise, sing the happy birthday song to children twice so that they understand how long they need to wash their hands. It is essential that you wash your hands each time you sneeze, go to the bathroom, leave the house, come home, eat, apply makeup, put in your contacts, and go to bed. We would also recommend that you keep a sanitizer with 60 per cent alcohol handy in your bag or car so that you can always remain germ-free.
3. Change Your Clothes
Of course, this goes without saying. To practice safe hygiene, it is important that you always put on a clean pair of clothes when you leave the house and throw those clothes in the washing when you come home.
This is especially important in times of COVID as you never know what kind of germs your clothes picked up when you were out. It may get annoying to wash your clothes each time you leave the house, but it is always better to stay safe than sorry.