10 Things You Could Be Doing That Puts You At Risk For COVID-19 Infection
Give these seemingly innocent things a rest during the time when the Coronavirus threat has risen in the country
The Department of Health has just raised the Code Red warning in the country, meaning there is evidence of local transmission in the Philippines. Apart from staying healthy, keeping yourself updated, and knowing when to get tested, another part of daily life we must be mindful of is the seemingly innocent things we do when we’re out of the house that may be putting us at risk for contracting the virus.
You don’t just have to be mindful of handles, doors, and the like. You could be putting those precious hands on more surfaces, even dirtier and more dangerous than the latter. Ahead, we list down the things you should take note of, to help you avoid the Coronavirus threat. Read on and stay safe!
1. Testers - Makeup and personal care products
Ladies and gents, this is not the time to be testing cosmetics and skincare products in stores. If you absolutely must try it, ask for a sample packet from stores as most of them have such. If they don’t and you’re not absolutely sure about the purchase, perhaps you must forego buying anything you haven’t tried for now.
2. Shared utensils
These days when sustainability is a big trend, having your own set of reusable utensils on-hand is key. It can also be useful in preventing the spread of any sort of virus. While most restaurants thoroughly clean their plates and utensils, it won’t hurt to up your level of hygiene by bringing your own.
3. Beso / Mano / Shaking Hands
We Filipinos love showing affection to our family and friends by doing the ‘beso’ to our friends, and the ‘mano’ to our elders. In this time of COVID-19 though, we’re sure they would understand if you choose to minimize these niceties in the meantime.
4. Door knobs / handles / bathroom flush
One inevitable thing we touch daily are doorknobs and other handles of the sort. While we can choose to use our elbows for doors we can push, other doors sadly need to be pulled, so after having done so, immediately put alcohol-based sanitizer or make a beeline for the restroom to wash your hands.
5. Money handling
Another inevitable part of life is handling money. We do this on a daily basis, and sometimes, we aren’t mindful of cleaning our hands after doing so. Money literally travels through thousands of people’s hands, which makes it a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. If you can’t go cashless just yet, make sure to clean your hands afterwards.
6. Shared public pens
Frequent the bank often or need to fill out forms in public? Pack your own pen and ditch the shared one available outside. You don’t know where the previous user put their hands, or worse—if they have a virus. Just don’t do it.
I recently found myself dining out and reaching for the garlic sauce bottle on the table only to realize later on that someone else’s filthy hands may have touched it too. I quickly sanitized my hands, reached for a thick table napkin and used it to cover the bottle the next time I needed to get more sauce.
8. Serving spoons
If you absolutely must eat at a buffet or at a restaurant during the time of COVID-19, ask for your own serving spoon, clean your hands right after, or try eating at home for the time being to minimize contact with publicly shared items.
9. Workout equipment
Part of boosting your immune system is getting enough exercise, and this can mean going to the gym where a lot of equipment are shared. Most gyms provide sanitizing sprays, but if they don’t, bring your own little bottle in your bag and stay safe while sweating it out!
10. Touch screens / Debit card transactions / ATM Machines
Banks, fast food restaurants, and establishments that allow debit payments put you at risk for contact with publicly shared surfaces too, so before clicking or pressing on those buttons, be sure you have a plan to clean those fingers off right after before putting your hands on your face.
Stay safe, everyone!