Coronavirus: 6 Safety Measures to Take at Home after Going Out

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Now that social distancing and wearing a face mask are practically second nature in the fight against coronavirus, you might be wondering what else you can do to possibly boost your safety and these simple safety measures to take at home after going out into the world could help.

Real Simple spoke to Dr. Purvi Parikh, an immunologist and allergist, who says taking these steps can help to minimize the risk of bringing the virus into your home.

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Invest in a door opener: These can be attached to your keychain and help you avoid having to come into contact with surfaces when opening doors, pressing elevator buttons and using touchscreens.

*This highly-rated option comes in a 2-pack and this option (also a 2-pack) has a stylus feature that can help you checkout easier at the store.

Become a no-shoes house: According to Dr. Parikh, taking off your shoes after being out and leaving them at the door or just inside is a top priority to cut down on bringing germs into your home. She also suggests swapping your leather bag to a canvas bag (in order to be able to clean it more effectively) and to also leave your bag near the front door.

*Consider getting a shoe organizer to keep your shoes organized by your front door. This is a great inexpensive option that will help keep your items organized and this pricier choice (and highly-rated option) includes a bench.

Wash your face mask after each use: “Cloth and washable masks should be washed with your regular laundry load after every use, so I recommend taking them to the laundry room straight away," Dr. Parikh notes. "Surgical masks or N-95s shouldn't be washed, but it’s best to let them disinfect for at least 72 hours before reusing. If your face mask is still in good condition, store it in a paper bag away from other items."

*Keep these mesh laundry bags near the door and toss your masks into them after each use. The mesh bags will help them last longer when you wash and dry them. 

Clean your phone, keys, glasses, and water bottle after leaving the house: Clean these items with wipes or with UV light, and Dr. Parikh, notes “Good disinfectants should be at least 60 to 70 percent alcohol concentration or higher.”

*This portable UV device cleaner (which can be used on your phone, glasses, and more) claims to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses at the DNA level.

Wash your clothes after going out: Real Simple suggests to not re-wear clothing after going out and to place worn items in a hamper separate from your other clothes.

Switch up your shower routine: Unless you enjoy showering twice a day, you should consider showering at night after returning from being out in the world in order to ensure you are disinfected and clean from possible exposure to the virus.

More: Coronavirus: Best Face Shields to Protect Yourself

As always, The Doctors stress the importance of continuing to follow all prevention guidelines: social distancing, routine and frequent handwashing, wearing a mask when in public, the cleaning of high touch surfaces, avoiding people who are sick, and if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or believe you have been exposed, contact your doctor or healthcare provider about getting tested. Find out more information about local COVID-19 testing in your area, including free testing.

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