In this article, we will talk about places to avoid now that your city is reopening. You now get the opportunity to get back to normal and enjoy all your city has to offer. You can connect with friends but the key is to avoid unwanted exposure to coronavirus. COVID-19 can easily be transmitted from person to person. Read this post about the 8 ways to catch coronavirus when outside so that you are prepared and can protect yourself.
#1 Crowded Areas
Now that more parks, trails, beaches, sidewalks, markets, and streets are open, these areas will be more densely populated, making people closer to each other. It would be a good idea to avoid such densely populated areas. You should consider carrying around a mask, in case you find yourself in a situation where you are surrounded by people.
#2 Personal Items
Think about all the surfaces you touch. Once you touch something outside or inside it can easily be transferred to a personal item. We are all aware of our phones but also consider your glasses. Coronavirus can live on hard surfaces for up to three days, this is why it is so important to clean your personal items regularly so that you can protect yourself from transferring germs onto items like your phone or glasses.
#3 Checking Out
When you are purchasing something consider all the people before you. Maybe use your own stylus or pen with the ink retracted to punch the bottoms. If it something you need to touch, wash or at a minimum sanitize your hands after. Don’t forget to NOT touch your eyes, nose, or mouth before having a chance to wash, or apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, so you prevent catching a virus.
Keep in mind that at the drive-up bank, ATM, or the spray wash for your car, pressing the buttons will expose you to many germs. Consider wearing a glove or using a pen and at minimum keep a bottle of hand sanitizer inside your pocket or in your car. This way you can clean your hands once you are done.
#5 Door Handles and Railings
They are everywhere. Think of all the dirty hands before you. There are plenty of viral particles on door handles and railings, which then get transferred to the next person. If you need to use the rail or handle, keep a pair of gloves on hand for when you need them. If hot, you may not want to wear gloves so carry some hand sanitizer with you. After you have used the hand sanitizer remember to wash with soap as soon as you can to really clean your hands.
#6 Public Transit
This may be the hardest area to avoid germs. Busses, subways, taxies, etc. To prevent contacting COVID 19 in these areas it’s best to wear your mask and avoid touching surfaces. That bottle of sanitizer in your pocket will help disinfect your hands after grabbing the door handle or seat back on the subway. You can also consider opening doors with your sleeve, gloves, tissue, or paper towels.
#7 Sharing drinks
Even if it’s your best friend, sharing food or drinks puts you at risk. It will put you at risk because they may have COVID-19 and not know it. Your friend could be asymptomatic, and you could be putting yourself at unnecessary risk so it is best to keep your food and drink to yourself.
#8 Working Out
When people are running or working out, they are breathing harder and this can cause a more rapid spread if they were to have COVID. If you are to close you will increase the risk of intaking droplets in the air. Make sure to walk, run, or work out when or where there are fewer people around. This may require changing the time you do your outdoor workout or where.