News of the Coronavirus has become a global concern, and reminding ourselves of simple ways to keep germs at bay has never been more vital. Here are the 10 best measures you can take to prevent getting or spreading the virus to others.
40-Second Hand Washing
Traditionally, the Happy Birthday Song is used to meet the 40 second time requirement. If you get bored of this and want to switch it up, find a Cadence from your service days that’s at least 20 seconds long and sing it twice while washing your hands with soap and hot water!
Keep Hand Sanitizer on You at All Times
Not everywhere you go will offer it, and the sanitizer that is offered in public spaces will have pumps that are being used by everyone. Keep your own handy on you for an added layer of protection.
Avoid Touching Your Face (Eyes, Nose, Mouth)
This is the quickest way that germs spread, so if you are prone to touching your face often, be sure to follow the rule above and sanitize often!
Surgical Masks for Crowded Areas
This one is more for those who are extremely cautious, but certainly can’t hurt. While officials are mostly recommending this step to those already impacted by the virus, it’s always better safe than sorry!
Wash Your Laundry in High Temperatures
This is a good preventative measure to take, especially if you’ve worn something in a crowded area. Try to get the water above 140 degrees Fahrenheit (many viruses are sensitive to heat), and use a strong detergent.
Take Immune System Boosters
Now is the time to start boosting your immune system so your body can fight off what it needs to. Even if you’re not concerned about the virus, this is a good thing to do for your health!
Get Your Spring Cleaning Done Early
It’s not quite Spring yet, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to start cleaning! Disinfect surfaces in your home to kill of germs. Disinfectant wipes, mopping, and scrubbing will keep those pesky germs at bay.
Try to Sneeze/Cough Into Your Elbow
This one is vital, as most germs are spread by the things we touch with our hands. By sneezing into your elbow, the chances of infecting others is lowered. Be sure to sanitize afterwards no matter what!
Greet Others Without a Handshake
Although our parents ingrained the necessity of a polite handshake when you greet someone, this one is best to avoid right now. As mentioned before, germs spread easily through our hands. If this is unavoidable, be sure to sanitize/wash your hands afterwards.
Stay Home When Possible
Of course, the best way to prevent infection is to simply stay home as much as possible. Kick back, pull up our military jokes page if you’re feeling stressed , and try to relax. Staying up to date on news surrounding the virus is one of the best preventative measures that you can take!