How to Increase Safety During COVID-19
Let’s talk about security. In these crazy times, our safety and wellness are front-of-mind. Whether you are self-quarantined to prevent the spread of the virus, or you have to go to work to provide critical services during the outbreak, there are a few things you can do to increase yours and your family’s safety.
Home Security During a Viral Outbreak
Without fear-mongering, you should consider the security of your home or apartment during outbreaks of severe diseases like coronavirus. Door entry systems can provide a simple, smart home upgrade to make it easier for you to get inside and stay protected while you’re there.
Door access card systems work with a fob or keycard instead of a physical key. The card interacts with a reader that’s usually installed on the door, and you can enter either by swiping the card, inserting it, or tapping it on the reader. Lots of offices and apartment buildings already use these on their exterior doors, but you can also install one on the door of your unit for added protection.
Would-be burglars or looters cannot ‘pick’ these types of locks, increasing your security. You can also set timers and automatic locking features to protect yourself and your belongings even if you forget to set the lock.
Change Your Personal Habits
We’ve all heard the precautions to protect yourself during the coronavirus outbreak. Wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, and wipe down commonly-touched surfaces with bleach or disinfectant. There are lots of tips for self-quarantining safely.
When it comes to washing your hands, doing so frequently with soap and warm water is your best choice. In between washings, it’s a good idea to use a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content that’s higher than 60 percent. Use bleach or disinfectant to wipe down doorknobs and the handles for appliances and cabinets as well as surfaces.
Try to go grocery shopping less frequently, but only stock up reasonably. With so many people hoarding toilet paper and other essential items, do your best not to fall into fear. Buy the items you need, and maybe just a little bit extra in case more things are closed, but don’t go overboard. Leave some things for other people who are also struggling during these times. Consider buying fresh (perishable) foods to cook and use first, and save your canned foods for emergencies.
Protect Yourself at Work
If you’re in healthcare or your employer requires you to be at work during these times, there are some additional things you can do to stay safe and healthy. Start by disinfecting things that you might forget to clean otherwise; your keyboard, mouse, phone and even your pens. You can use Lysol wipes or just a paper towel with household disinfectant or bleach. You should also follow the rule of 6 feet. Do your best to stay at least six feet away from other people, especially those who may be sick – even if it’s just a common cold. A compromised immune system can increase your risk of getting the virus.
For those working in food service, many restaurants have closed or limited service to the drive-through, pick-up or delivery only. However, you may still need to interact with people, so do your best to stay safe by being dedicated to your disinfecting. Every time you touch someone else’s credit card, ID, check or anything else that another person has recently touched, use hand sanitizer immediately and then and wash your hands with soap and warm water as soon as possible. Always wash your hands before eating or touching your face.