The ongoing pandemic has people thinking about healthy hygiene in many ways they haven’t before.] COVID-19 response has shown us is that there’s this secure link between these individual actions and the community’s health.
There are the actions we should be following with or without a pandemic.
Healthy hygiene habits we should have been doing all along. Here are my suggestions:
- WEAR A FACE MASK WHEN YOU’RE SICK
Regardless of guidelines, some people may adopt the practice during cold and flu season.
- THOROUGHLY AND FREQUENTLY WASH YOUR HANDS
Handwashing shouldn’t be something you do only before a meal or after a visit to the restroom. It’s one of those necessary things we need to do more often. Washing your hands alone can reduce infection by about 20 percent in a regular cold and flu season.
Proper handwashing can reduce the need for antibiotics. We have clean water; we can wash our hands—those go a long way to reducing and reducing disease. When we can reduce new infections, and we won’t need to treat them with antibiotics. It can, in turn, reduce the rate and speed of antibiotic resistance. Bacteria naturally mutate over time and develop antibiotic-resistant traits. These traits will build up in a population of bacteria.
- STAY HOME WHEN YOU’RE SICK
COVID-19 is changing the way we think of sick days, many others realize how feasible it is for them to do their jobs from home. The experience will continue to shift workplace culture employees can stay home when they’re sick. The most important are the people who don’t have any sick leave, and if they’re not at work, they’re preceding pay. They are also the people who just prioritize work and think that you should sort of power through even if you’re sick. And that’s not doing any of us any favors.
- COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE WHEN COUGHING AND SNEEZING
It’s one of those things that we should be more aware of that we’ve been trained on forever. Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing may help prevent those around you from getting sick. It recommends covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throwing that used tissues in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands, immediately wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE
Germs often spread when you touch something that is contaminated with bacteria and then touches your eyes, nose, or mouth. A 2015 study examined 26 medical students found that they felt their faces, on average, 23 times per hour. Of all face touches, 44 percent involved contact with the eyes, nose, and-or mouth.
Regularly, we are touching everything from doorknobs to our cell phones. Dirt, oil, and bacteria build up on our fingertips, which translates to skin problems if you’re touching your face.
It is time to accept the ‘new’ normal and practice your new normal if you have not done before.
Stay safe and healthy.