These Are the 3 Things You Should Carry During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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From men's health
America is in the middle of reopening and you may be able to resume some of your pre-pandemic activities. It's not possible to completely rule out the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, but you can reduce the chance of getting sick. The Centers Disease Control and Prevention has published guidelines to help you reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading and catching when you leave home.
One of the best ways to avoid getting sick or infecting others is to have three simple things when you go out in public: a face mask, handkerchiefs, and a hand sanitizer, according to the CDC. Here's what you should know about using all three:
Why you should wear a face mask to prevent COVID-19
The use of masks in China, Italy, and New York City significantly reduced the number of COVID-19 infections, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found that masks reduced the number of infections in New York City by 66,000 between April 17 and May 9. The CDC recommends wearing face cloths in public every two years if they have no breathing problems.
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Why do you need to have handkerchiefs ready to protect yourself from COVID-19?
Sometimes wearing a mask may not be possible - for example, when you eat or drink in public. The CDC recommends using a tissue to sneeze or cough when you are not wearing a face mask. Dispose of used handkerchiefs immediately and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after sneezing and blowing your nose.
Tissues can also be a protective barrier if you can't avoid touching surfaces, says Karen Hoffmann, R.N., infection prevention specialist at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Carry a pack of disposable handkerchiefs," Hoffman told Consumer Reports. "With these you can open a door or grab a handrail."
Why do you need to check the ingredients on your handheld
By now, you probably know that hand sanitizers should only be used if you can't wash your hands. However, you should check the label to make sure that the product meets CDC recommendations for preventing the novel coronavirus. The agency recommends choosing a product that consists of at least 60 percent ethanol or 70 percent to ensure effective protection against the virus.
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