With winter around the corner, and concerns of rising Covid-19 cases, here’s a refresher on the most important Covid-19 safety protocols you should keep in mind. We’ve divided them between personal at home measures and measures to take in public.
This easy to reference checklist should keep you prepared and safe for this winter season.
Your first line of defense against Covid-19 has to do with what you can control the most. That’s you. Aside from the question of vaccination, conventional wisdom points to both good hand hygiene and masks as effective defense mechanisms against the spread of Covid-19.
Here is a quick list of things for you to keep in mind when it comes to both hand hygiene and masks:
Did you know washing your hands actually helps reduce the transmission of respiratory illnesses like colds and COVID-19? The CDC reports that hand washing could reduce respiratory illness by 15-20%.
Astonishingly, only about 5% of people actually wash their hands correctly, 33% of people don’t use soap when washing hands, and most people only wash their hands for around 6 seconds. Washing your hands isn’t complicated and it doesn’t take much time; however, when you wash, follow some simple steps to ensure you’re actually removing bacteria.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap or use an alcohol based sanitizer
- Wash for 20 to 30 seconds covering all areas of the hand
- No need for antibacterial soap
What You Need
Quick list of the best soaps you can use;
Outside the home, hand sanitizing is one more measure the individual can take to protect against bacteria on surfaces. Hand sanitizer kills bacteria on surfaces, including the hands, ensuring that those bacteria are removed before they can enter the body.
- Keep hand sanitizer with you wherever you go
- Use sanitizer before and after touching common surfaces in public areas, including
- Desks and chairs
- Door handles
- Public washrooms (after thoroughly washing hands according to best practices mentioned above)
What you need
- Sanitizer criteria
- Alcohol based
- At least 60% alcohol
- Recommended hand sanitizers for fight against Covid-19
At Home and Outside
Public settings require different measures. For example, workplace safety might mean investing in proper sanitation procedures. Still, there are PPEs the individual can use to minimize their exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus outside the home. Here are a few of them;
When you’re out shopping or at work, one means of protection is disinfectant wipes. Wipes clean surfaces and limit your exposure to bacteria that might be present.
Since contact with surfaces can be one means of bacterial transfer, cleaning surfaces can reduce transfer.
- Keep some sanitizing wipes on hand
- Wipe down chairs, tables and other areas where you’ll be sitting or touching for a prolonged period.
What You’ll Need
- Disinfectant wipes
It bears repeating that out in the public hand washing is a valuable prevention measure for COVID-19.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds
- Be sure to cover all areas of your hands with you scrubbing
Masks, especially N95 masks, can be one more preventative measure against COVID-19. Masks filter viral particles out of the air we breathe, lowering the odds that these particles enter our lungs.
- Find a mask that fits well
- Ensure it sits tightly on the face so that air coming into the mask enters through the filter
What You’ll Need
- Hand Washing Station with Soap
- Portable Hand Sanitizer with at Least 60% Alcohol
- Disinfectant Wipes
- N95 Face Mask
There it is, your fall 2022 Pandemic PPE checklist. These items are affordable and easy to find.