Spring has sprung and this season has brought unique circumstances: a mandatory quarantine for many citizens around the world. The COVID-19 virus is the cause of a national pandemic in America, in addition to various other countries across the globe, causing a huge disruption in the way many chose to live their lives.
While you may be limiting your contact with others, there are other important safety tips to consider during this time. To help maximize the safety of yourself and others and mitigating risk or injury or infection, continue reading to learn more about quarantine safety tips.
Read the Cleaning Labels
For many, quarantine has been a time to slow down and tackle the many at-home projects that have yet to be accomplished. Prior to sterilizing and/or cleaning your home, be sure to read cleaning labels. Some cleaners are toxic to humans and require adequate ventilation to prevent harm. If you have pets in your home, ensure cleaning products are safe for them as well!
Think Twice Before Driving
There may be other ways to get your essentials such as groceries and prescriptions instead of driving to the store. Consider a delivery service to limit your time on the road, your risk for infection, and risk for a car accident.
“Most serious car accidents share the same cause: human error,” note accident lawyers at Manchin Ferretti Injury Law. With so much fear, anxiety, and stress surrounding the current situation, it may be more difficult to feel focused on the road, thus increasing the chance for a collision. A study by Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute found drivers who are visibly sad, angry, crying, or emotionally distressed increased crash risk by 9.8 times. Drivers who engage in distracted behaviors while operating a vehicle nearly double their crash risk.
Practice Safe Food Handling Techniques
Quarantine may be the time for many to reach into the freezer for frozen meats and in the back of their pantry for cooking staples they have lying around the home. Prior to defrosting and putting these foods to use, read the expiration date. Some pantry items are only good for 6 months to a year after purchase.
When it comes to defrosting meat, pork, fish, and poultry, food safety experts recommend defrosting the items in the fridge the night before you plan to eat them to prevent the growth of foodborne bacteria.
Prepare for Leaving the Home
There may be times during the quarantine that you need to venture outside your home. If you must, prepare prior to leaving. Consider bringing gloves and sanitizing wipes with you to limit your exposure to bacteria and viruses.
Since the COVID-19 strain can live on surfaces for days, decide on how you will disinfect items before you bring them inside. You may want to use different products to disinfect your shoes, shopping bags, hands and skin, food, and food packaging.
Follow Official Recommendations
In addition to following your own safety tips, and the ones mentioned above, remember to read official recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a variety of recommendations to help prevent transmission and keep you safe during this time. As information changes and new discoveries are made, check up on these types of websites to help keep you well-informed.
Staying Safe During Quarantine
Safety should be a priority now more than ever, but it requires dedication and effort on everyone’s part. By employing these five quarantine safety tips, you can help improve the safety of yourself and others as well as mitigate your chances for injury and infection. Stay safe and stay inside if possible!