To keep your hands free of bacteria and viruses, don't just run your hands through water. You need to wash your hands with soap and water, scrubbing thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. You can count, set a timer, or sing the "Happy Birthday to You" song twice. You need to wash your hands all the time. Here are some of the times when you need to wash your hands:
If you don't have access to soap and a faucet, you can use rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. To further minimize your risk of catching the coronavirus, you need to keep your distance from other people. If you must meet someone, avoid shaking hands.
It is also a good practice to wash your hands every time you touch surfaces, which can harbor plenty of germs, such as door handles, light switches and flush handles. Alternatively, you can keep paper towels with you to avoid touching these surfaces at all.
Experts believe that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can easily spread through droplets from sneezing or coughing. These droplets can land on many surfaces. According to the World Health Organization, SARS-CoV-2 can survive on surfaces for anywhere between several hours to several days.
To avoid unwittingly spreading the virus, cough and sneeze away from people and food. Use disposable tissues. If you don't have any tissue on hand, turn away from other people and sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow.
Since SARS-CoV-2 can live on surfaces for up to several days, this means you need to take a shower with soap and water regularly. Your hands are your body's main breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, but they are followed by your armpits, feet, hair and crotch.
And don't forget that you also need to wash your clothes regularly. Avoid handling your clothes once you put them in your laundry basket, and if you do have to touch your clothes again, be sure to wash your hands afterward.
Your home can also be a breeding ground for the coronavirus, especially if you don't regularly clean your house. You need to get your natural disinfectants and wipe down every surface you can think of. (Related: Protect your home from coronavirus and other pathogens by making home-made disinfectants.)
Here are some household cleaning tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
You may think that you're less likely to die from COVID-19, especially if you're still young and healthy. However, all these survival hygiene guidelines aren't just for your own safety, they're also for the well-being of everyone around you, including people with weak immune systems like seniors, toddlers and those immunocompromised by preexisting health conditions.
Don't forget to follow these guidelines, especially if you want your whole community to survive this global pandemic.