How to Stay Safe During Reopening
As the country’s businesses start to reopen, it’s important to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. While the spread of the new coronavirus has slowed down, it is still a threat. It’s important that as people emerge from their homes that they take precautions to ensure they do not become infected with the virus or spread it to someone who may suffer life-threatening complications from it.
The risk is different in different places. The following tips will help you remain safe in various locations.
Protecting Yourself in the Office
- Avoid public transportation. If you must use it, try to schedule your time on it during off-hours. This may mean heading to work much earlier than normal or going home later.
- Take the stairs. Enclosed areas are not a good idea. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.
- Disinfect your work area every morning when you get to work. Find time to do it throughout the day like during your lunch break. This is especially important if someone else uses your workstation.
- Wear a mask when leaving your workstation. If you work with the public, wear your mask all the time.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer every time you touch a surface that could have been touched by someone else.
- Hold meetings virtually whenever possible.
- Be sure to practice social distancing as much as possible.
- Eat lunch outside instead of the break room or cafeteria. When eating lunch with others, stay six feet away from them.
Eating Safely in Restaurants
Restaurants may allow people to eat in their dining room but at a reduced capacity. Avoid eating in the dining rooms until the threat of the virus is over. Many restaurants have outdoor seating areas, which are much safer. If you must eat inside, follow these tips.
- Avoid eating with your hands.
- Wear a face mask until you receive your food and then put it back on after you’re done eating.
- Wipe down your seat, table, utensils, and menu with sanitizing wipes.
- Sit across from people instead of side-by-side and ensure there is 6 feet between you and the person directly across from you.
Many people will shop at retail stores. Buy online as much as possible to avoid the crowds. If you must go shopping, do the following to remain safe.
- Wear a mask.
- Go when there are fewer people at the store.
- Make it quick. Don’t browse, but instead, get what you need and leave.
- Consider using a curbside pickup versus going inside to get your items.
How to Avoid COVID-19 at Gyms and Fitness Studios
Many social media posts have been about people gaining weight during the quarantine. This means many people are ready to get back to the gym or their fitness studio. Before you head to the gym or yoga class, consider the following.
- Contact the gym or studio to ask about the safety protocols they are following. Avoid gyms and studios that don’t seem serious about keeping their members safe.
- Always stay at least 6 feet away from other people while working out.
- Wear a mask when possible.
- Bring your own gym towel, yoga mat, etc.
- Use sanitizing wipes before you use the equipment and afterward.
- Apply hand sanitizer regularly throughout your workout if you’re touching different equipment.
High-Risk Individuals Should Remain in Quarantine
If you’re at high risk of suffering life-threatening complications, think twice before going back to work, shopping, and working out. Staying at home will keep the chances of contracting the virus low for you. As we gain additional information about the spread of the virus, the chances of becoming infected by the virus when out in public will decrease. That will be when you will feel more comfortable returning to your life as it was before the pandemic.
Remember, we’re in this together. By protecting ourselves, we’re protecting the people around us.