COVID-19 prevention

Deciding To Go Out: What Should You Know?

As businesses and public places are opening, you must be looking for ways to resume your daily activities safely. As there is no way to ensure zero risks of infection, you must follow prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If in case, you’re COVID-19 positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with any COVID-19 patient, we recommend you to isolate yourself for 14 days and follow the CDC recommended guidelines.

However, if you’re well and deciding to go out, here are some of the things that you must consider before stepping out of your home.

1. With how many people will you interact?

  • The more the number of people you’ll meet, the more it will raise the risk of the coronavirus.
  • Being in a group with people who aren’t following preventive measures increases your risk.
  • Engaging with strangers increase your risk of the COVID-19.
  • Some people don’t show any symptoms of COVID-19, and meeting with them increases your risk.

2. Will you be able to maintain social distance?

  • The closer you’re to COVID-19 patients, the more you have the risk of getting sick.
  • Maintaining social distance is necessary, especially if you’ve any chronic illnesses such as diabetes, lung diseases, and heart issues, etc.
  • Meeting people in indoor places is riskier than meeting them outside as it might get harder for you to stay apart from other people, and also, there’s less ventilation.

3. Is COVID-19 spreading in your community?

The next thing you need to consider before stepping out is to find out is there any active case in your community. You can find out by communicating with your local authorities and viewing map of states with reported COVID-19 active cases.

4. Are you at risk for severe illness?

If you live with older adults with serious health issues, you must take extra precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We recommend you to follow the CDC guidelines for older adults.

5. Will you need to take public transport to commute from one place to another?

Public transit can put you in close contact with others. When using public transportation, ensure to follow public transit preventive measures such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before you leave, and once you reach your destination.
  • Wear a face mask while traveling on the bus.
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes in a tissue paper or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, and eyes without washing your hands.
  • Also, don’t forget to check with local transit authorities to stay updated on changes to services and procedures.
  • Limit touching frequently touched surfaces such as ticket machines, kiosks, elevator buttons, and restroom surfaces, etc. as much as possible.

6. Do you practice everyday preventive actions?

As the medication to treat COVID-19 isn’t available yet, you need to practice preventive measures every day. Practice preventive measures including monitor your symptoms, not touching your face without washing your hands, maintain social distance, wearing a mask at public places, and disinfecting highly touchable surfaces, etc.

If you still decide to engage in public activities, ensure to have the following items handy:

  • A cloth face covering
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if possible

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