With the advent of COVID-19, it has been incredibly scary these past few months. you may feel trapped and understandably frightened, as you might not know what you need to do to stay healthy and safe. Other times, even if you take all the necessary precautions, it can still feel like attempting to stop a train with your bare hands. However, it is important that we all work together to try and minimize the threat of the illness as much as possible, and we all have a part to play in this. Here are a few things you can do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus, as well as a few tips that may aid in keeping you and your loved ones healthy.

Wash your hands

Washing your hands seems obvious, but the importance of it extends far beyond basic hygiene. The coronavirus is unique in that it’s strands of RNA encased in a fatty outer layer (lipid membrane). When you wash your hands, you are doing two things. First off, you’re making it more difficult for the virus, and other harmful substances to stick to your skin (the act of rinsing your hands can cause germs and viruses to be rinsed off your hands). With regard to COVID-19, in particular, you may actually be destroying the virus. Certain soaps can break down fats and oils (like the ones encasing the virus), rendering them ineffective. It is recommended that you wash your hands for approximately 20 seconds.

Many people are turning to hand sanitizers when they are unable to wash their hands in a particular moment, this is perfectly fine. However, be warned that dry skin has the potential to crack and bleed (and hand sanitizers or other alcohol-based products will dry the skin). This means that if your hands are dry to the point where the skin is compromised germs, and bacteria could potentially have direct access to your bloodstream, which can make you sick. After your hands are thoroughly cleaned, consider restoring moisture to them. Remember, your skin is the first line of defense against many outside forces that could make you sick, so do your best to keep it healthy as well.

Wear gloves

One way to reduce the number of times you have to wash your hands is by wearing gloves. If possible, handle outside packages or other things with gloves and decontaminate all surfaces to the best of your ability before bringing them into a clean space. Changing gloves is important to prevent cross-contamination. If your gloves have come into contact with any potentially dirty surfaces, do not touch anything that will come into contact with your face, mouth, or nose, until after your gloves have been disposed of and your hands have been washed.  Additionally, there are special ways to remove your gloves so that you don’t contaminate your hands upon removal. If you are unfamiliar with the process, you can look up online.

Avoid touching your face

You may touch your face more than you realize. If you wear contact lenses, consider switching to glasses for a while to help minimize the amount of contact your hands have with your face. Before you touch your face in and capacity, be sure that your hands have been thoroughly washed.

Sneeze or cough into your elbow.

As mentioned before, your hands come into contact with a lot of things. By sneezing into your elbow, you are not only reducing the number of small particles that float into the air (which has the potential to make others sick) you are also preventing those germ particles from residing on your hands (which can then spread to anything your hands make contact with. Alternatively, you could use a tissue to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, just be sure to dispose of the tissue and sanitize your hands when you’re done.

Limiting social contact

Humans, by nature, are very social creatures. So, the idea that we may have to limit or entirely cut off physical social interactions is really frightening for many people. This is understandable. However, it is important. There are many people who have to go out to work to keep our system running. From delivering goods to helping keep the places, we live clean. By limiting the number of times you go out, you can help tremendously. To supplement the social aspect, consider utilizing video calls and other chat features to stay in contact with your family and friends.

Lastly, don’t panic. Excessive anxiety can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to catch a cold or get sick. These tips may seem small, but they can make a huge impact on the health and safety of yourself and those around you. We at Vitalize Hair wish you all nothing but the best and hope that you stay safe and healthy.

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