How to Protect Yourself in Times of a Pandemic

Social distancing, wearing masks and gloves, sanitising, and hand-washing have become the new normal in this COVID era.

People venturing out have two major concerns – prevent contracting coronavirus and keeping your home safe from infection. While most people are still working from home, many are having to go out for other needs – grocery shopping, medical needs, exercising, and even meeting family and friends.

You cannot stay cooped up inside your home indefinitely. But, it is important to keep the virus clear of your home as well. Here are some preventive measures to safeguard yourself and your home.

While going out

Wear a mask – wear a mask in a closed area such as a supermarket or public transport. Using even home-made cloth masks are better than wearing no mask at all. Make sure you wear it properly, covering your mouth and nose. Don’t pull down the mask when you speak and don’t touch the mask with your hands.

Sanitiser – always carry a sanitiser with you and rub it on your hands after you have touched any surface – a signal button at the crossing or the pin pad at the supermarket. Take special care not to touch your eyes, nose, or eyes.

Avoid crowds – remember that some of those infected could be asymptomatic. So, consider everyone you meet a potential virus carrier and practice social distancing. Avoid crowded markets and public places when you go out. Keep interaction with others to the minimum.

Maintain social distancing – although it might be difficult to follow the new social distancing rules, remember they are there for your safety. Keep 1.5 metre distance wherever possible and follow the social distancing rules at public places.

Clothes – take care to wear clothes that cover your body as much as possible. Opt for full sleeves and socks. Although gloves aren’t always necessary, if you use them, understand how to remove them safely and dispose of them responsibly. Always bin gloves, masks, tissues, and other such items properly.

When you reach home

While travelling back home, if you are travelling by car, make sure to sanitise your hands again before touching the car keys or doors. Sanitise your car regular at highly touched areas. Once you reach home, use a disinfectant to sanitise your shoes – leave the shoes outside if possible.

Keep a basket ready – keep a basket at the door to put away the mask, jackets, and other items you carried with you.

Take a shower – put your used clothes in a bucket or laundry bag in the washroom. Get into the shower right away and wash yourself with soap and warm water. Make sure that you are washing your hair too.

Wash the clothes – after showering, take the laundry basket and put the used clothes in the washer. Don’t shake the clothes when you put them in the washer. Wash in the hottest cycle possible with detergent.

Sanitise – items that cannot be washed like your purse, bag, etc should be sprayed with a sanitiser or wiped with a disinfectant wipe. Use an approved disinfectant spray or wipe to sterilise other items you used such as your watch, eye wears, and so on. Wipe your mobile surface with a disinfectant wipe as well. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water every time you touched a potentially contaminated item.

Leave the basket or laundry bag in the sun if possible and to make it ready for the next use. You can spray some disinfectant on that as well.

It is advisable to wear gloves while cleaning potentially contaminated objects. However, you should take extra care to sanitise/safely dispose of them after use. Also, don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly once you take off the gloves.

Clean and Sterilise the interiors

Disinfect the following high-touch surfaces at home daily:

  • Handles and exteriors of appliances
  • Doorknobs
  • Taps
  • Switches
  • Countertops
  • Basin
  • Bathrooms

Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant wipes or spray surface disinfectant and leave it wet for a while before wiping it off. Wash dishes using hot water and dish soap. Vacuum and sterilise the floor at least three times a week. It is advisable to get professional deep cleaning once a week to keep the home fresh and safe.

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