The number of coronavirus cases around the world is rapidly increasing by the day. Even with several government bodies working overtime to develop a cure, it has been predicted that the vaccine will most likely be ready and widely available in mid-2021. Keeping you and your family safe during an outbreak like this is paramount, with social distancing being the most advised step to take.
In fact, to stress how important keeping your distance is, the Chief Justice of California suspended all superior court jury trials in an effort to flatten the curve coronavirus cases. Despite efforts made by the government, you still need to play your part in ensuring your safety. So, here are 5 tips to protect your family’s welfare during COVID.
1. Stay indoors
The easiest way to protect your family and reduce the spread of COVID19 is by simply staying indoors. This equally means that entertaining any guests who do not currently live with you is out of the question. For the most part, you cannot be 100 percent sure where they’ve been or who they’ve come in contact with. This period of quarantine is a good opportunity to really bond with your family. Take it as a time to learn more about each other, participate in family game nights, and even pick up new skills as individuals.
2. Wear a mask when you go out
Did you know that wearing face masks plays a huge role in flattening the curve? If you or you or one your family members absolutely needs to go out, ensure that masks are worn, as this protects you from catching the virus. Even more, if you are already infected with the virus, wearing a mask can prevent you from spreading COVID19 to other members of your household. Please keep in mind that if you are infected and living with others, you should have your own secluded space/room to avoid spreading it.
3. Wash your hands
Washing your hands often is advised by medical practitioners, in general. This simple act gets rid of any germs or viruses that you may have touched or come in contact with. So, it is recommended that you wash your hands after using the bathroom, sneezing, and blowing your nose. Also, wash them before and after eating and whenever you get home. Enforcing regular hand washing in your home allows you to keep your family safe during a time like this.
4. Purify your home
It has been established that staying indoors for long periods of time in an attempt to maintain social distance is a good way to curb the spread of the virus. However, you may be exposed to pollution from your furniture, carpets, and even paints. To put a pin in this, purify your home by purchasing an air purifier, or even air purifying plants that absorb pollutants and chemicals.
5. Manage stress and anxiety
These are obviously stressful times for a lot of people, and so being able to manage any stress or anxiety you experience is key. In the US, state governments such as New York have partnered with online meditation platforms to offer free content on mindfulness and meditation for their citizens. There are also free COVID19 emotional support hotlines that offer mental health counseling which you can share with your family.