Tips for Staying Safe and Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Sheila Johnson

Tips for Staying Safe and Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The coronavirus outbreak has created a frightening situation for many people. However, there are many ways to keep yourself and others safe at home and out in public if you need to leave the house. Find out what you need to know and what steps you can take below. 

Risk Factors for COVID-19

The coronavirus can cause mild or severe symptoms depending on the case. Some people show no symptoms at all, while others become so ill they require hospitalization. 

  • People with health conditions like diabetes or asthma are generally at a greater risk.
  • Elderly people are at higher risk of getting sick, and face a higher mortality rate. 
  • Children can get COVID-19, and while many cases are not severe, it can be serious for kids with underlying health conditions. 

Personal Protective Equipment 

Also referred to as PPE, personal protective equipment includes face masks, gloves, gowns,  and other gear that forms a barrier between yourself and the environment. Here’s what you need to know. 

  • The CDC is currently recommending that everyone wears a cloth face covering in public.
  • Medical-grade PPE, such as surgical masks and N95 respirators should be saved for medical personnel. 
  • In fact, there is a shortage of medical-grade PPE, which is dangerous for health workers.

Staying Safe at Home 

Many states still have shelter-in-place or stay-at-home requirements in place. When you’re at home, these steps can keep you healthy. 

Going Out in Public

While it’s generally better to stay at home as much as possible, sometimes you’ll need to leave for essentials. Here’s how to stay safe. 

The pandemic can cause a lot of anxiety, but following the basic health precautions will keep you safer. And remember that some precautions are recommended more for the safety of others than they are for yourself. 

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