7 Things to Help Reduce the Spread of COVID
As coronavirus cases continue to spike across the country, the CDC is clamping down on guidelines designed to help people stay safe, both at home — and in public. From social distancing rules (at least six feet of distance between you and the next person) to regular cleaning and disinfecting, the agency says the only way to prevent illness is to not be exposed to the virus in the first place. Their motto: Plan, Prepare and Respond.
There are numerous think-pieces and so-called “guides” out there, outlining what you supposedly should or shouldn’t do during the pandemic. But according to the latest CDC guidelines (with the straightforward title, “Promoting Healthy Behaviors that Reduce Spread”), there are seven main things you should have on-hand to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep you — and your stuff — safe, and virus-free. Here’s what to put on your list.
1. Disinfectant Soap
Disinfectant soap falls under the CDC’s “Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette” recommendations, with notes for “frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.”
2. Cloth Face Coverings
You already know you should be wearing a mask, and New Mexico mandates the use of face masks or coverings when entering a public space. The CDC says “cloth face coverings are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult (e.g., when moving within a crowd or audience).”
3. Household Cleaners and Disinfectants
The CDC says you should be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at least daily, or between uses as much as possible. Don’t forget things like door handles and faucets too.
4. Hand Sanitizer
If soap and water aren’t available, the CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount between the palms of your hands and rub your hands until dry.
5. Disinfectant Wipes
It’s getting harder and harder to find disinfectant wipes online these days (Home Depot sometimes has Clorox wipes in stock). You must look for wipes that can be used to wipe down keyboards, countertops, doorknobs, light fixtures, remotes, keys and other small items we come into contact with daily. Wipes must meet CDC-recommended guidelines for at least 70% alcohol content in an effective disinfectant.
6. Paper Towels
The CDC’s list of “adequate supplies” that both households and places of business should have in-stock include soap, water, hand sanitizer, and paper towels, and tissues.
7. No-Touch Trash Cans
A newer addition to the CDC’s list of “adequate supplies” is a no-touch trash can. Open the lid by waving your hand over a sensor; the lid automatically closes once you dispose of your trash. A no-touch trash can is not only cleaner and less messy but more hygienic as well.