By Alena Walrath, PTA
Since Michigan’s COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order was lifted and many businesses have opened again, we face the challenge of maintaining health safety precautions in public spaces. Here are a few ways you can continue to protect yourself and others:
Wash your hands often. Hand washing is most effective when you wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is a good alternative.
As you venture out to new places, it is still a good idea to practice social distancing and wear a mask. Over the past few months, businesses have adapted to using new technology to make social distancing easier. Take advantage of options like video chatting and curbside pickup to reduce contact with others. Masks are also recommended and required in many settings. When wearing a mask, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. Wash your hands before putting the mask on. Make sure it fits over your nose and under your chin, and don’t touch the mask once it’s on. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the mask, and wash your hands afterward.
Although many people have been wearing gloves in public, the CDC reports that wearing gloves when shopping or running errands is not necessary and recommends hand washing instead. Gloves are most effective when they are worn for cleaning or when taking care of someone who is sick. Don’t forget to wash your hands after removing gloves.
Even though things are starting to look a little more normal, it is still important to take time for self-care. Make sure you are eating well, getting enough sleep, and taking care of your physical and mental health. By addressing these needs, you will be better equipped to adapt to changes as you venture out into the world.