After months of enduring the coronavirus pandemic, you are probably experiencing fatigue and longing for a return to normal life, and The Doctors have simple tips on how to survive a pandemic winter and go about your day as safe as possible.
It's nearly impossible for most people to eliminate all risk from their lives, so let's focus on what you can do (and how to do it) with a smaller amount of risk. The New York Times survey of 700 epidemiologists and experts to determine 3 simple steps for risk minimization related to COVID-19 and boiled it down to these tips:
1. Do not spend time indoors with others outside of your household while not wearing a mask - The experts stress if you are around anyone you do not live with to always wear a mask. This applies to outdoor time spent with others as well. They also note to avoid eating and drinking indoors with others or while traveling on a plane.
2. If an activity, errand, or task can be done remotely, do it remotely - The less time spent around others outside of your household the better. If you can work at home, exercise outside of the gym, or attend religious services virtually, this will minimize your risk of infection.
3. Many common activities are less risky than first imagined - If you are fearful of being around people while shopping, the NYT found that 90 percent of the epidemiologists surveyed had recently visited a store. Their advice is simple: always wear a mask, stay distanced while shopping, and wash your hands afterward. Also, The Mayo Clinic debunked a common fear that had many people worried about in the early days of the pandemic, stating, "There's no evidence of anyone contracting the virus that causes COVID-19 after touching food containers and food packaging."
And if you are considering throwing caution into the wind and doing something with potential risk, first read the 10 activities that were avoided most by the 700 epidemiologists were:
- Attending a sporting event, concert, or play
- Meeting with someone you don't know well
- Attending a wedding or a funeral
- Attending a church or other religious service
- Sending children on indoor play dates
- Hugging or shaking hands when greeting a friend
- Working in a shared office
- Traveling by airplane
- Exercising at a gym or fitness studio
- Attending a small indoor dinner party