It’s hard to know what will happen with the CoVid-19 virus activities, but states are starting to open up.  Stores are being allowed to reopen, and some groups can meet, although with restrictions. According to experts, things won’t be back to normal until the country acquires either ‘herd immunity’ (immunity across a significant percentage of the population) or a vaccine becomes widely available. Even though stores and malls opening up, it still makes sense to take precautions. The following tips should be followed, although it is important to check with local authorities for the latest updates on conditions and current rules.
  1. Wear a Face Mask
This common-sense suggestion may be with us for a long time. Face masks help slow the spread of the virus and help prevent wearers from breathing in harmful particles. While not everyone is currently following this policy, the rule is still in effect.
  1. Take Care of Your Errands, Return Home, and Sanitize Your Hands.
There was a time when we could go out for a drive, look at houses, or hang out at the mall. Today, it’s not advisable to turn errands into entertainment. It is still a good idea to minimize your time in public or around crowds.   Consequently, when going out, you should complete the necessary errands, then return home. This can help reduce health risks for you and your family.
  1. Use Knees, Feet, Elbows, Knuckles, Etc., to Complete Small Tasks.
This is a habit that takes some getting used to. When opening doors, pressing keys on an ATM, or moving items that may have been handled by lots of people, it’s a good idea to use feet or elbows to manage. Of course, this may not always be possible, but it should reduce the chances of picking up the virus on your hands then transferring it to your face. Check entrances and exits for automatic opening buttons, enter digital codes with your knuckle, and flip light switches with your elbow.  And it’s still a good idea to wear gloves whenever possible.
  1. Maintain a Six-Foot Separation Between People
Maintaining a six-foot distance from anyone when out in public is a great way to minimize the risks of contracting the virus. This includes lines in grocery stores or waiting to pick up take-out food at a restaurant.  When out for a walk, wait for others to pass to maintain a separation.
  1. Wipe Down Steering Wheels, Door Handles, Seats, and Visors After Every Trip
Carrying alcohol wipes is a good practice and can be used for your hands if you inadvertently use a door handle or gasoline pump. Also, when back in your car, use a wipe to disinfect parts of your vehicle you may have touched. As the country slowly returns to normal, people need to remain cautious when out in public. Limiting exposure to the virus by following a few prudent rules could be necessary until everyone feels comfortable that the worst has passed.  Sunset Pediatric Urgent Care continues to offer urgent care services when needed, although we have established guidelines to manage our practice during the CoVid-19 pandemic.  Please visit our website or call 281-920-5446 for the latest details.