How to Prevent Yourself From Getting Sick During COVID-19

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Madelyn Crosby

Washing your hands can keep you from catching the Covid-19 virus.

Madelyn Crosby, Staff

It is important that you keep yourself healthy during this pandemic because keeping control of the spread of the virus can not only protect you, but it can protect the elderly and other people that are at risk of dying if they catch the virus. If so many people are going to the hospital if they are infected then there is little space left for the people who aren’t infected but still need medical treatment.  It doesn’t do anyone any good if you get yourself sick and are occupying a hospital bed that someone else might need more than you. I have composed a list of four things to do to keep yourself safe when COVID-19 is spreading so rapidly.  

Tip 1: Keep your distance. We haven’t been quarantined for no reason. The Corona Virus can spread so easily, but if you aren’t near anyone that can spread it to you then you are safe. Going places with your parents when you can stay at home should be avoided. If you are going to public places then you are putting yourself at a higher risk of getting infected. You need to keep your distance from others because COVID-19 mainly spreads when people cough or sneeze and that fluid gets on another person. If you are a safe distance from people and they do sneeze then their germs aren’t going to reach you. There are 377,792 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S, so you never know who could be infected. You are the safest you can be if you stay six feet away from other people when you are in a public place. 

“Typically, spots people will miss will be the back of the hands, people will miss the lower palm. You might see some fluorescence around the fingernails and the nail bed area, where people typically don’t wash well,” Donald Schaffer said according to WebMD.

Tip 2: Wash your hands after being in close contact with other humans. One of the easiest ways to get infected is if you touch a surface that has already been touched by someone infected. The germs that they left on the surface that they touched could easily infect your body if you touch the surface then don’t wash your hands. If you wash your hands with antibacterial soap then you are three times more likely to not spread bacteria when you touch other surfaces. The Centers For Disease Control recommends that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and that you wash your palms, fingers, back of hands, under your fingernails, and in between your fingers.  

“Some pathogens can last for about nine days on surfaces, so we are constantly coming in contact with potential pathogens that can cause an infection,” said Jennifer Hanrahan according to,” How touching your face can spread viruses- and why you’re so bad at it”.

Tip 3: Cover your nose and mouth when going to public places. Recently, Colorado’s governor has asked every citizen to wear a mask of some sort of face-covering when going into a public place. If a government official asks you to do something you should do it to keep yourself and others safe, so please wear a mask or even a bandana when you go into public places. If you don’t have access to either a mask or a bandana, you can make a mask at home or you can wear a scarf tied around your mouth and nose. If you are planning on wearing a mask then you need to wash your hands before putting it on and you need to know how to dispose of the mask properly. You can go to the World Health Organization’s Website if you need more information on how to properly use a mask. 

Tip 4: Don’t touch your face. This is probably the most important tip on this list besides washing your hands frequently. If your hands are infected with germs it will only spread the virus further into your body if you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes. According to the American Journal of Infection Control, the average person touches their face 20 times an hour. If you touch your face 20 times an hour then you put yourself at risk of spreading a virus to your body through your face 480 times a day.   

Keep yourself as safe as you can by keeping your distance from others, washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask/bandana, and not touching your face.