This blog is the seventh in an education series about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while following the Stay-at-Home order. Healthy Living blogs will be released each Wednesday and will be made available at www.perrymemorial.org/healthyliving.
Summer is here and with summer, all kinds of activities. Some of those activities are limited or cancelled. Other activities which are permitted, should be enjoyed while still acting in a safe manner. I understand if you are hesitant to begin going out more and doing things where there may be small crowds of people. You are not alone with those feelings as I have heard many people express those concerns and decline invitations to gather. Small gatherings (less than ten) can be safe for you if all of the safety guidelines are followed. I believe most people have heard the importance of wearing a cloth mask when social distancing is not possible. By now, I also believe most people are washing their hands frequently. A reminder to follow these guidelines never hurts. We can all forget things or overlook things from time to time, so help each other with friendly reminders to continue those safety practices.
As businesses, restaurants, schools and community organizations begin providing services, something we may all forget to consider, is the transportation safety.
When using any type of transportation, follow these general principles:
Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
Before you leave, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Once you reach your destination, wash your hands again.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wear a cloth face mask when social distancing isn’t possible.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands immediately.
Practice social distancing and clean high touch areas frequently.
During travel, try to keep at least 6 feet from people who are not in your household — for example, when you are selecting seats on a transport bus or train.
Traveling by personal vehicle is best. Even though it is your vehicle, it is still important to frequently wipe down door handles and frame edges, steering wheels, gear shifts, windshield wiper and turn signal, arm rests, window controls or knobs, radio knobs, etc. Any areas which may be touched by you or your passengers.
Consider limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle to only those necessary (for example, choose one or two family members who are not at higher risk for severe illness to run the essential errands).
Consider having anyone from another household travel in a separate vehicle.
If you must touch keypads, such as when purchasing gas, wear gloves or wash your hands immediately after touching these surfaces. Also wipe your credit/debit card before returning it to your wallet.
Set your air circulation on non-recirculating mode to allow for fresh air to come through the fan.
Wash your hands. Then wash your hands. And after that, don't forget to wash your hands!
Written by Marcia Hartwig, RN BSN Education Coordinator