Staying Healthy While on the Go: 4 Tips to Ward Off Germs While You’re Out and About
By Anita Ginsburg
With the flu season approaching along with the lingering risk of COVID-19, everyone should continue to take precautions when in public places. It can help to minimize your trips to the supermarket or other errands, but when you must go out, the following protective tips can help to keep you healthy.
Many shops and businesses offer extended hours or early morning hours for people who are at higher risk due to COVID-19 or other germs. If you can, take advantage of these quieter times when there won’t be as many people around. Temporarily, you may want to switch your errands to smaller or out-of-the-way businesses like banks where you may encounter fewer people and have a shorter wait time.
Keep Your Distance
When you are around other people in public, keep a distance of six to twelve feet from them, especially if someone is coughing or sneezing. When moving through a drive-through lane, keep your vehicle windows closed, especially during traffic when vehicles are closer together, moving slowly, or pausing frequently. Be careful when passing someone while walking in a store or on a sidewalk, and wear a mask if you must be in close proximity with others for several minutes.
Keep Indoor Errands Short
When you must be inside a public place, try to schedule short appointments or visits. Do as much business as you can online or over the phone. Combine errands when possible, like grocery shopping, picking up a prescription, or cashing a check at the bank. After leaving a public place, wipe your hands thoroughly before doing the next errand.
Clean Your Hands Frequently
We have all heard the experts’ recommendation to wash our hands for at least 20 seconds after going out in public. Sometimes while running errands we cannot get to a faucet for handwashing. Take along a package of individually wrapped hand sanitizing wipes or a bottle of hand sanitizer for convenience. Use them after shopping or handling products. You should also use them after touching door handles, elevator buttons, and similar areas. Collect the used wipes in a trash bag kept in your vehicle, and throw them away when you get home.
Plan in advance how to avoid germ exposure when you are out and about. Whether running errands or going to a medical appointment, consider the above steps to reduce your risk of a viral infection.
About the Author
Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.
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