Coronavirus: Safety Tips and Practices to Follow as States Reopen and Quarantines End

Social distancing

With more states reopening and some areas of the country lifting their quarantines, The Doctors stress the importance of maintaining safe practices to continue to protect yourself from coronavirus/COVID-19.

Read: What Are 'COVID Toes'?

In the coming days and weeks, more and more businesses are likely to open (depending on orders in your state and county) and you might be venturing out to places you have not been to in months or returning to work, but the CDC stresses that the preventive practices we have already been using are still vital. The CDC says. "to reopen America, we will need to continue these practices," which include:

  • Social distancing staying 6 feet away from others when you must go into a shared space)
  • Frequent hand washing or the use alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Wearing cloth face coverings
  • Avoiding the touching of your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying at home if you sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces (like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks, gas pump handles, touch screens, and ATM machines)

The CDC states, "certain surfaces and objects in public spaces, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads, should be cleaned and disinfected before each use," and we encourage you to make sure this precaution has been taken before using and to wash or sanitize your hands after.

If you are returning to work or own/run a business, the CDC encourages everyone to "consider whether you need to touch certain surfaces or materials. Consider wiping public surfaces before and after you touch them. These types of behavioral adjustments can help reduce the spread of COVID-19." And while at work, consider these tips to limit possible exposure:

  • Reducing the use of porous materials used for seating
  • Leave more doors open to reduce touching by multiple individuals
  • Open windows to improve ventilation in shared areas 
  • Remove frequently touched objects in common areas, like coffee creamer containers

Also, the CDC stresses the importance of cleaning high-touch areas on a regular basis and says to use these EPA-approved disinfectants. More detailed tips and guidance from the CDC on reopenings can be found here.

Read: Coronavirus: Possible Dangers of Reopening Too Soon

Some additional tips from The Doctors that may help reduce your risk of infection:

  • Social distancing from members outside of your household is still vital, so avoid any type of crowd or crowded area (regardless of how enticing that sunny beach or park looks, if it is filled with people, it is not ideal)
  • Try to shop during off-peak hours to avoid crowds
  • Choose a non-touch payment option when available (like paying with your smartphone)
  • Enjoy the outdoors, but avoid crowded areas and wear a mask when others are present (but still maintain 6 feet apart)
  • Also, sleeping enough, eating healthy and exercise can benefit your immune system and overall health

Read: Coronavirus: Types of Masks and How Effective They Are

Get more resources, tips, advice, and news on coronavirus/COVID-19 from The Doctors and stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.