The COVID-19 virus has affected everyone. Not only have we had to completely change the way we live, but also some people have even lost their sources of income. Unfortunately, the virus is still going strong. However, there are ways to protect yourself from possibly being infected. It is worth the effort to put safety first since this virus can affect some people in a very serious way. Shalom Lamm admits to being fearful of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control have put out some guidelines to help in the endeavor of staying safe. It is very important to keep informed on what is going on not only in your state, but also in your local community. This can give you information on how severe the pandemic is affecting your area.
First, washing your hands is extremely important. Make sure to use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have soap and water, hand sanitizer will also work. Make sure you practice this after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, and especially after being out in public. It is also important to keep your hands away from your mouth and nose, as well as your eyes, especially if you have not recently washed your hands. It is also extremely important to stay away from anyone who is sick. You must remember though, that many people with COVID do not have symptoms, so it is possible to be around people that do not even know they have the virus, and still contract it. That is why the social distancing is especially important. By staying at least 6 feet away from others, you can get a little more protection from others, even when they do not know they might be carriers of the virus. Another obvious step that you need to take is to use a face covering when you go out in public. This may not be possible for those that have some health issues with their breathing, or for the very young. Wearing the mask does not make the social distancing unnecessary. It is best to practice both at the same time.
It is also important to stay at home as much as possible. Nonessential travel should be kept to a minimum. Although not like being there in person, using the technology of today can help keep you connected with others. Use things such as video chat, texts, phone calls or other forms of social media to stay involved with those in your life. Making sure to sanitize things in your life is also an important part of the new normal for everyone. Not only do you keep yourself clean, but to also sanitize those objects that you touch all day is important. These could include doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, toilets, countertops, cell phones and anything else that could possibly be contaminated. This can also help stop the spread. Everyone should take these safety measures, but there are those are particularly at risk of a serious outcome with the COVID-19. This would primarily be those individuals that are older and live in either a nursing home or other long-term care facilities. It also affects those that have some serious illnesses such as diabetes, lung, liver or heart disease, asthma, chronic kidney disease and severe obesity. Those with weakened immune systems, such as those receiving chemotherapy for cancer, those with a compromised immune system, as well as those that smoke are also at a greater risk. For this group of the population, it is vital to be especially careful about staying safe. Shalom Lamm hopes everyone stays safe from COVID-19.