How to Stay Safe While Running Errands During Coronavirus Outbreak
As people are advised to stay home as long as the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop and worries spread, travelers around the world limit nonessential travels and put away their travel backpacks to stay home; some company employees work from home to avoid extra exposures, and housewives run errands less to avoid contracting.
If you are running low on food or medicines, the safe option is grocery or pharmacy delivery services. But if you absolutely must go out to run errands, it’s important to take precautions. Here we are sharing with you 6 simple precautions that can protect you from the coronavirus infections.
1. Wear Face Mask and Gloves
As we all know, COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth when a person coughs or exhales. And these droplets can lands on objects surface, once your bare hands touch the surface and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes, you might be sick. Therefore, you’d better wear a mask and gloves when you go outside.
Tips: Regular surgical mask is enough for daily precaution, leave N95 respirator masks for health providers who are desperately needed.
2. Don’t Touch Face or Eyes
As we mentioned above, we know how coronavirus spreads. Don’t take off your gloves when you are running errands. Don’t touch your face or eyes even if you are very itchy.
3. Maintain at Least 3 Feet Social Distance
When you run errands, pay attention to the social distance between you and other people even if you have no coronavirus symptoms. Because experts believe the coronavirus travels through droplets, maintain at least 3 feet of social distance can limit your exposure to other people, which is a great way to protect yourself and your community.
4. Avoid Public Transportation When Possible
Public transportation usually crowded even during this outbreak. Get yourself prepared with a mask and gloves at least, and avoid traffic peaks. Go shopping at a time that is less busy, check it out on Google search. If possible, avoid public transportation and skip social gatherings.
5. Use Alcohol Wipes or Hand Sanitizer
If you don’t wear gloves, use alcohol wipes or hand sanitizer whenever you touch public items, like grocery carts and grocery bags. Wipe your hands before and after shopping.
Once you have returned home, take off mask and gloves immediately, and wash your hands with hand soap for 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice). Use alcohol spray, sanitize doorknobs, grocery bags, and shoes and clothes you wear.
6. Use Virtual Payment or Credit or Debit Card
Use credit or debit card, that way you don’t have to hand over bills or receive change. Use virtual payment like Apple Pay so that you don’t need to open your wallet at all. If possible, use your own pen to sign receipts. It’s a smart way to avoid unnecessary touches.
In addition to these 6 simple precautions, here are 5 tips you could follow to prevent infection of coronavirus at home:
- Remove towels from your bathrooms and sanitize toilet regularly
- Wipe doorknobs with alcohol-based spray
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Keep away from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs
- Workout at home if possible to keep healthy
Safety is top of mind right now. People all over the world are following these protective protocols and tips to avoid contracting and reduce spreading. Now it’s not safe to travel, so limit nonessential outdoor activities. If you wanna know when you could plan a backpacking trip, you could refer to CDC or WHO websites for travel advice.