October 06, 2020

Since COVID-19 broke out of Wuhan, China, in late 2019, the virus's spread brought the world to a halt. With 15 million cases and rising, it becomes essential you take appropriate measures to protect yourself from the pandemic.

While the virus is extremely contagious, you can prevent it from entering your household. It would help if you made it a point to stay up-to-date with all the developments regarding COVID-19. Always check with your local and national public health authorities, as they can give you all the information you need.

Make sure you implement the advice from this guide to protect yourself and your family from the grasp of COVID-19:


Be aware of the symptoms.

If you have COVID-19, you will experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, headache, and diarrhea. It isn't necessary you will experience all the symptoms of this disease. Some people may only experience mild issues, while it progresses and becomes dangerous for others.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, lung and heart problems, or high blood pressure, you should know what you are vulnerable to severe symptoms.

If you observe these symptoms, make sure you call the doctor as soon as possible. Let the medical professional give you advice on what you should do next. Depending on how severe your symptoms are at the moment, the doctor will ask you to come for an evaluation.


Invest in package lockers

As you will spend most of your time indoors, online shopping is the best way to get essentials and other products to your household, without putting you at risk. However, as this involves delivery professionals who may contact you, why don't you leave nothing to chance?

Get a package lockbox or smart lockers, as you can use these items to store your products safely. As the delivery professionals leave the items in these storage units, you don't have to worry about catching the virus.

At the same time, it also prevents package thieves from getting away with your parcel. Not only will they be unable to make a quick getaway, but you will also receive a notification about unauthorized access.

If you don't want to purchase package lockers as you don't know which one to buy, you have the option of getting a package locker service. Vendors such as Amazon provide this to consumers to protect their products from theft.


Practice basic hygiene

Despite the contagious nature of COVID-19, there are several hygiene practices you can follow to ensure the virus doesn't infect you. For starters, make sure you wash your hands using soap and water. Every time you clean your hands, you should do it for at least 20 seconds for this practice to be effective.

If you want to keep track of the time while washing your hands, you can hum the tune of "Happy Birthday" twice. Every time you use your hands, such as touching garbage, animals, pets, blowing your nose, or using the toilet, you should clean them. It will help prevent the germs from spreading and infecting other people.

Although soap and water are the best when it comes to eliminating COVID-19 from your hands, you may not always have access to them. In this situation, you can use alcohol-based sanitizers, as they can remove the virus. Make sure the product you purchase has at least 60% alcohol for it to be effective. Whether you are washing your hands with soap and water or sanitizer, it should cover every surface. If you need to cough or sneeze, make sure you cover your mouth or nose.

Practice physical distancing, especially when you have to leave your house. Maintain at least three feet of physical distance from everyone, to prevent the virus from infecting you. Avoid crowded places as much as possible, as it is common for COVID-19 to spread in these regions.


Wear a face mask

As COVID-19 spreads through droplets, you can take active measures to prevent it from infecting other people. A face mask, whether it is a fabric or medical variant, will act as a barrier against the virus.

You need to wear a face mask if you have to go outside your house. As you may not be able to distance yourself from others in public areas physically, your mask acts as the first line of defense. Also, as people can be asymptomatic, you should protect yourself with a face mask.

Make sure you keep your travel to a minimum during the pandemic. Although scientists and doctors are doing everything they can to fight the virus, there is still a lot of information they don't know, as the disease is new. Stay safe and healthy by implementing all the tips from this guide!