Best ways to stay safe from COVID-19
DIG is committed to serving in the safest ways during these uncertain times.
Due to the extra precautions we’re taking, we are currently working remotely to ensure additional health and safety measures for all.
Here are some of the most effective ways to be safe.
1. Wear a mask
Wearing a mask helps to keep others safe from your respiratory droplets if you happen to be infected. Thus, wearing a mask with good coughing and social distancing etiquette is vital as a courtesy to all since not all COVID-19 cases experience symptoms. Face masks can even help you avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth areas!
2. Wash & sanitize your hands frequently
CDC states that “practicing hand hygiene, which includes the use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) or hand washing, is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections.” CDC also recommends using ABHR with “more than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol” for effective sanitization and washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
3. Social distancing (6 feet)
Face masks and clean hands are never a substitute for social distancing. Staying 6 feet apart from one another is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread. After all, if you’re keeping yourself safe at home and away from everything, it’s nearly impossible for the virus to spread.
4. Avoid crowded areas
This one is self-explanatory. Especially during these times of heightened stress and anxiety from the ongoing pandemic, we should strive to avoid crowded areas at all costs since they make social distancing harder.
5. Keep your hands away from your face
If a surface catches a respiratory droplet from an infected individual and you happen to touch that surface and your mouth, nose, or eye area, you are subject to getting the virus.
6. Disinfect touched items
Disinfecting an area and cleaning an area are completely different concepts. CDC states that disinfecting “refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.” Not only do we recommend keeping the surroundings clean, but also disinfecting it after the cleaning process.
Gov. Greg Abbott and the Austin Mayor Steve Adler recently announced new “restrictions on public gatherings and requirements for social distancing and facial coverings...as new coronavirus cases in Texas topped 5,000 Tuesday — an all-time-high.” Adler’s new restrictions also require all “businesses — including retail shops, offices, and apartments and other multifamily housing — to have health and safety plans” to resist the spread of the coronavirus.
DIG plans to continue to take the necessary precautions for the safety of all, especially in the Austin area.
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