While COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing around the country, our health experts have warned that the introduction of new, more transmissible variants could turn the situation around for the worse sooner rather than later.
This makes it just as important as ever to keep yourself, family and loved ones safe from the lethal and deadly virus.
Fortunately, everyone has some amount of control over their transmission risk and that our chances of catching COVID-19 can go up or down depending on the following variables.
Let’s find out what they are and to ensure your health and that of others are protected against this deadly coronavirus.
1. Minimize Time with Others.
When it comes to COVID-19, the less time you are around others, the better. The virus doesn’t move, it’s people who carry them along.
The more time you spend around those outside of your immediate household, the higher the risk of contracting the deadly virus.
2. Avoid Crowded Spaces.
density and distance are huge factors when it comes to COVID-19 risk.
The more people you are around, especially if you are relatively close to them, the more likely it is that you could catch the deadly virus.
3. Pay Attention to Proper Ventilation.
As fresh air circulates and moves, it reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19.
This is why, during warmer seasons, experts recommend outdoor gatherings in lieu of indoor ones if you must be around those who are outside your immediate household like in churches, restaurants, and hotel lobbys.
4. Stay Updated on Community Transmission.
Knowing what is going on in your local community can be extremely helpful when planning your COVID-19 prevention tactic.
1. What is going on in your community?
2. What are infection rates like?
3. Are people wearing masks and are they wearing them correctly?
The more risk factors you have in your community, the higher your risk is for catching COVID-19.
But you can lower these risks factors by only leaving your immediate household for necessary trips and errands. If you have nothing doing in town, just stay home.
5. Follow the Fundamentals.
Your personal actions can greatly reduce your risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Are you wearing a mask? Are you avoiding touching your face? Are you doing a good job with handwashing (20 seconds or more) or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer?
All of these things will help you protect yourself from getting infected and this will in turn help protect the community as a whole.
6. Avoid going to the Gym.
For example, consider a place like the gym. You are more likely going to be there for a long time to work out.
It’s hard to know what the ventilation is like, and there’s a good chance that there will be other people milling about while you’re there, which makes it harder to keep your distance.
You will be touching equipment which others have already used before you and that raises the risk factors.
Additionally, most communities are seeing widespread illness at this point, and it can be hard to not touch your face or to practice good hand hygiene at the gym. This is why gyms can be really high-risk for COVID-19 transmission. So be very careful if you have to use the gym.
7. Avoid Indoor Dining.
Similar to gyms, restaurants, drinking spots and and chop bars meet the criteria for risk. You spend a leisurely time there where waiters and servers come and go as the attend to patrons.
Most restaurants and bars aren’t equipped to provide frequent fresh air circulation especially in the cold season.
Again, most communities are seeing widespread COVID-19 transmissions at this point, and in restaurants, most patrons are not wearing masks while actively touching their face, wiping their mouth, licking their fingers, etc. This definitely makes for a riskier situation than not.
8. Maintain Social Distancing.
If you have to be in a dense or poorly ventilated area or room, shorten the time in which you stay in there and maintain your social distancing protocols.
If you live in a community with high-risk factors, aim to avoid spending too much time in crowded, poorly ventilated areas.
While in the chaos of all the different things we’ve heard about COVID-19 in past 10-11 months, these have largely held true and have been constants for protecting yourself, your family, and loved ones.
9. Play Your Part.
Continue following all the public health fundamentals and together, let’s help end this surge of the coronavirus pandemic, no matter where you live.
Finally do the following as your civic responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
1. When you step out, always wear a protective face mask.
2. Social distance.
3. Avoid large crowds.
4. Don’t go indoors with people you don’t know, especially in beer bars, chop bars and other public places.
5. Practice good hand hygiene.
6. Get vaccinated when it becomes available to you.
7. Protect your life and that of others around you by adhering to all the above-mentioned safety protocols.