As we continue our life in lockdown, there’s a lot of worry around how to stay safe when dealing with the Corona virus. Should we wear gloves? Should we wash our food? There’s a lot to think about. We’ve answered your stay-safe questions, with tips from reputable sources:
Should we wear a mask?
The CDC recommends wearing a three layered cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. This is to help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others (it won’t stop you getting the virus). Use home-made masks, not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be left to the healthcare industry.
Should we wear gloves?
No. Using your ungloved hands – and then washing them often – is the best bet for the typical tasks of everyday life says Dr. Emily Landon, hospital epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist at University of Chicago Medicine. Wearing gloves might cause you to not practice good hand hygiene.
Should we be scared of the food we eat?
Food and Drug Administration issued a notice that says, “currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.” Still, as you always do, follow the 4 key steps of food safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill.
Should we take off our clothes when we get home from the grocery store?
The truth is we don’t have information currently about how long the virus lives on clothes. But, out of caution, you might want to disinfect your clothes after you go out in public. It might be useless, but it’s a small job to do if it makes you feel better!