Coronavirus And COVID-19 Daily Living
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Grocery shopping: Buy them online and have them delivered, if possible. Person-to-person transmission is the common way to get COVID-19, and having your groceries delivered exposes you to fewer people. (Remember, you don’t need to stress about the virus on the groceries themselves.) But if you must go out, Donald Schaffner, PhD, a food science specialist and professor at Rutgers, devoted a tweet thread to grocery shopping safely. He says to use whatever sanitizer is available for your cart, shop from a list so you can move quickly, do your best to practice social distancing within the store, use hand sanitizer when you leave the store (if you have some), and clean your hands again when you get home.
Social distancing outside: Let’s say you’re walking the recommended 6 feet behind someone and they cough. Are you going to stroll through a mist of coronavirus? While nobody can definitely say yes or no at this point, all signs point to no. Respiratory droplets that come out when someone coughs are heavy enough that gravity pulls them down within seconds.
When you come back from outside: You may have heard that to be safe you should undress in the garage, spray the bottom of your shoes, or take a shower immediately. “If you’re an ER doctor, it’s not a bad idea,” Vinetz says. Otherwise, not so much. All you really need to do is — you guessed it — wash your hands.
Wearing disposable gloves to go out: “The virus doesn’t infect people through the skin,” Vinetz says. “Gloves give people a false sense of security. Maybe the gloves remind you not to touch your face, but it’s using a scarce resource and it’s not merited.” And you probably don’t need a mask, either.
Bringing in the mail: Think of letters as small, slender packages. They don’t pose much risk.
Elevators: Only take the elevator if there’s nobody else in it, Vinetz says. Unless it’s an extremely large elevator, it’s virtually impossible to practice social distancing. Don’t use your finger to press the buttons. Use an object, like a pen. And if it’s feasible, take the stairs.
Petting strange dogs: “You shouldn’t pet them because they might bite you,” says Vinetz, not because they might make you sick. “All animals have their own coronaviruses, but they’re not infectious for people. You’ll hear an occasional anecdote that a dog may have passed the virus, but it’s not worth giving even a passing thought to.” It’s always good practice to wash your hands after petting an animal, so continue to do that.
Article courtesy of Debbie Koenig, Published by WebMD.com.
Limit your exposure to coronavirus by staying away from large groups of people and anyone who has recently traveled. Watch for symptoms such as low grade fever (Below 100 degrees), headache, dry cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
Click HERE for Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data & Surveillance Dashboard.
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