8 Things You Don't Have to Do Anymore to Avoid COVID
Since COVID-19 reached these shores, experts have given the public advice on how to avoid catching it. That advice changed, mutated, changed and evolved dramatically over the year as they learned more about the coronavirus.
"When you take a completely new virus, you're starting from a position where you don't know anything by default," says Dr. Carl Bergstrom from the University of Washington. "At best, you can make guesses based on what you know about previous coronaviruses and previous outbreaks of other respiratory viruses."
Now that scientists are learning more about COVID-19 behavior, the advice on how to stay healthy is more solid and clear. Here are eight things that experts may have advised you in the past that you no longer need to do. Read on and don't miss these safe signs you've already had with coronavirus to ensure your health and the health of others.
No need to wipe the shopping bags
Woman wearing white medical face mask to prevent infection, arriving home, holding paper shopping bag. Coronavirus protection
When the lockdown first started, not only was it recommended that food be delivered, but we should also wipe all items with antibacterial wipes or detergent before putting them away. But now that more is known about virus transmission, it is no longer necessary to sanitize every box of crackers.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the world's leading infectious disease doctor, originally warned that COVID-19 can live on inanimate objects like food. However, he concluded that it is "very, very likely, a very, very small, small aspect." When it comes to wiping items, Fauci says, "I think we should spend less time worrying about wiping a grocery bag than just washing our hands frequently." Do this after you bring the groceries home.
You don't have to wear gloves
Patient in a medical mask puts on protective surgical sterile gloves on her arm
In the early days of the pandemic, a safe trip to the grocery store meant dressing like a doctor prepared for surgery. But now experts are stepping back on their advice to wear gloves in public. In fact, this protective measure can actually backfire.
"Wearing gloves sounds like a good idea to protect yourself from COVID-19. In fact, gloves provide a false sense of security and can actually increase the spread of the virus," says Erica Hoyt, RN, CNE, CHSE of the UCF College of Maintenance. Instead, wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer if this option isn't available.
No need to store toilet paper
Woman wearing protective face mask while carrying packages of toilet paper and shopping in virus pandemic time.
It's a good idea to keep stocks of the items that you will need in case you need to order at home again. However, there is no need to hoard toilet paper like consumers did at the start of COVID-19. The supply chain has caught up with demand and there is nothing to worry about even if a new quarantine is announced.
"The average US household (2.6 people) uses 409 equivalent regular buns per year. According to our own calculations, staying at home for 24 hours would result in ~ 40% increase in average daily consumption," said one Georgia-Pacific LLC spokesperson Today Show. This increase is barely enough to justify six months of stockpiling of paper products.
You don't have to treat every package like toxic waste
Delivery of packages
Just like with food, in the early days of COVID-19, we were told to disinfect packages and deliveries when they get to the door. While there is a small chance the virus will be found in these packages, preventing infection with coronavirus is hardly a must.
"Because of the poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very little risk of food or packaging spreading," the CDC said. It is still a good idea to remove the packaging from home and wash your hands afterwards.
You don't have to be afraid of shoes that spread COVID (but they can make you sick)
Coronavirus Epidemic Outbreak.Woman disinfecting shoe sole.
It was once thought that you could chase the virus into your home and potentially catch it by germs on your shoes.
"However, the likelihood that COVID-19 will be spread on shoes and infect people is very low," said the WHO. That doesn't mean that other gross things can't be spread. "The researchers tracked new shoes worn by 10 participants for two weeks and found that coliform bacteria such as E. coli were extremely common on the outside of the shoes," reports the New York Times. "E. coli is known to cause intestinal and urinary tract infections and meningitis, among other things."
You don't need to take a few vitamin supplements
Getting all of the vitamins and nutrients you need is important to your health. Vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin D are known to boost your immune system. However, extra doses of these immune-boosting vitamins are of no use or protect you from COVID-19.
"There are currently no guidelines on the use of micronutrient supplements to treat COVID-19," the WHO said. However, there may be a supplement in the future that could reduce your chances of contracting the virus. "WHO coordinates efforts to develop and evaluate drugs for the treatment of COVID-19."
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, most of the so-called immune-boosting dietary supplements actually do "nothing". However, he says, "If you lack vitamin D, it affects your susceptibility to infection. So I wouldn't mind recommending it, and I do it myself by taking vitamin D supplements." Fauci also called vitamin C "a good antioxidant". "So if people want to take at most a gram or two of vitamin C, that would be fine," he said.
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You do not need to take hydroxychloroquine preventively or not at all
Hydroxychloroquine has always been a controversial potential treatment for COVID-19, but rumors about this drug started flying as soon as the virus spread. Usually a treatment for malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus, experts wondered whether hydroxychloroquine could be used to reduce the severity of the virus.
"Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are generally considered to be safe for patients with malaria and autoimmune diseases. However, hydroxychloroquine and autoimmune disease use can cause serious side effects and should be avoided," according to the World Health Organization (WHO). .
So what do you have to do? Follow Fauci Basics
Woman put a handmade cloth mask on her face
So what should you do Do whatever you can to prevent you from getting - and spreading - COVID-19: wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid the crowds (and bars and house parties), practice social distancing and just running important errands, wash your hands regularly, sanitize frequently touched surfaces, and miss these 35 places most likely to catch COVID to help you weather this pandemic the healthiest.
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