Wash your hands
You can contract COVID-19 by touching an object that has the virus on it – like a door handle, or grocery cart. Using hand sanitizer (if you can find it) and washing your hands frequently will help keep you healthy. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Be sure to wash your palms, the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your finger nails. When you are finished, use a paper towel to turn off the tap.
Keep your distance
Most new COVID-19 cases come from close contact with an infected person. Unfortunately, people can transmit the disease before they show any symptoms and without even knowing that they are sick. “Social distancing” is an effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the chance of transmission, even when people may not show symptoms. Maintain your distance by:
- avoiding crowded places
- avoiding handshakes, hugs or close physical contact
- keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (or 6 feet) from other people
- staying at home for meals, entertainment and work (if possible)
- keeping in touch with friends and family online
- avoiding contact with people at risk – older adults and people with existing health conditions
- using delivery or online shopping for groceries and other essentials
- exercising at home or outside
Don’t touch your face
The COVID-19 virus enters your body through mucus membranes (sounds lovely, right?) which can be found in your mouth, your nose and your eyes. By not touching your face you can greatly reduce your chance of getting the disease.
Unfortunately we frequently touch our face without even knowing it. To make matters worse, stressful situations (like a global pandemic!) can cause us to touch our faces even more.
There is no easy way to stop touching your face, but here are some things that you can try:
- Be aware
Count the number of times you notice yourself touching your face. That will help you become more aware of the habit.
- Think of others
Reminding ourselves that stopping COVID-19 helps other more vulnerable people, can have a bigger impact on our behaviour.
- Change your triggers
Bite your fingernails? Clip them short. Play with your hair? Put it in a ponytail. Try and change the things that might make you touch your face in the first place. If you wear a mask, make sure it’s as comfortable as possible so that you don’t end up touch your face to adjust it.