5 Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy and Kill the Germs


Woman washing her hands

With all the information floating around about keeping yourself healthy and stopping the spread of germs, it can be hard to separate facts from fiction. To help, we consulted two of the most reliable sources (the CDC and the WHO) to give you the 411 on the right steps to take to keep yourself feeling good as well as protect others. Keep these five tips in the forefront of your mind.

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you’ve been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Always try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  2. Stay home. As much as possible. We know cabin fever might be setting in but consider your staying home an act of kindness for the world, especially for healthcare workers and the most vulnerable in our society. When you do go out, keep your distance. Even if you’re convinced that you’re not a threat to others, remember that asymptomatic people can transmit Coronavirus, and they could be a threat to your health.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when you go out. This is a newer recommendation by the CDC, which now advises everyone to wear a mask or face covering when in public. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected and asymptomatic. Of course, continue to maintain social distancing; a face cover is not a substitute for that six feet between you and others. Read more details about cloth face covers.
  4. Clean and disinfect. Keep frequently touched surfaces germ-free by wiping them down daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work great, or you can make a bleach solution using 1/3 cup of household bleach per gallon of water. Remember: Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  5. Rely on contactless food delivery. If you’re able to, supporting your local restaurants right now is so important, and many of them are offering contactless delivery, so you don’t need to even see the person delivering your meal. The same is true with grocery delivery; stores that deliver will leave your food on your doorstep and send a notification when it’s there for you. Have an abundance of caution, however, and either unpack your food and groceries, then wash your hands thoroughly and disinfect surfaces, or wipe down all packaging before you bring it in to your kitchen.

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