With the general community quarantine already imposed in Luzon, more individuals are going out of the safety of their homes to report for work. In fact, traffic along EDSA has started to become heavy once again just two days after the ease in quarantine restrictions. Commuters have also started crowding MRT and LRT stations just like before, increasing their risk of contracting diseases like COVID-19.
However, not everyone has the luxury to avoid these long, crowded lines as not everyone can afford to purchase a private car. So how will you protect yourself from the virus in such public places when going to work? (Read: What businesses will be allowed to reopen in GCQ areas?)
We list down some of the basic items to wear and bring with you to protect yourself from viruses, especially COVID-19.
Wear a face mask—and bring an extra!
This is a given—a definite must! Face masks protect you from respiratory droplets from other individuals’ sneezes and coughs, among others. These droplets can be dangerous as they might carry viruses—including SARS-COV2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (Read: UP lets you make your own face masks with new DIY tutorial)
Make sure you carry at least one extra mask as you should change it regularly—especially when it starts to feel damp. Click here to see the proper way to wear, remove, and dispose of used face masks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Sanitize regularly with rubbing alcohol.
If you often commute or go out in public (for necessary errands, we hope!), make sure to bring a hand sanitizer or alcohol—both with 60% or more alcohol content—with you. These items can be a substitute for soap and water. Use it after being out in public, or after you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose. Be sure to use enough alcohol or sanitizer to cover your entire hand including your wrist. (Read: Here’s why you should dry your hands with paper towels instead of automatic hand dryers)
Always have a tissue in your pocket.
Tissue can be used for a lot of things, and it comes in handy especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tissue should be used to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing to avoid your respiratory droplets from coming in contact with other people. It can also be used to wipe frequently touched items such as your phone, office desk, and doorknobs. (Read: Virus-proof your home with these easy (and affordable!) ways)
Just a reminder, don’t go out unless you have to! Help flatten the curve and decrease the chances of spreading the virus by staying at home.