What You Can Do to Avoid Catching Contagious Diseases (Including COVID-19)

As the whole world braces for the effects of Novel Coronavirus, here are a few helpful tips you can employ to stay safe and healthy on a day to day basis.

Firstly, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

These “points of entry” are where infections will enter your body if they are present on your hands. Avoid touching or scratching your face or anywhere on your head while you are out and about in order to decrease the number of opportunities for bacteria and viruses to enter your body.

Wear Gloves

Even though spring is approaching and the weather is becoming warmer and more pleasant outside, it’s still a good idea to wear gloves because you can minimize the amount of germs passed to your hands. Wear gloves as you touch railings, doors, buttons, and other hard surfaces on public transportation. Wear gloves when you open doors, too.

Sanitize Door Handles and Hard Surfaces in Your Control

You can’t reasonably go around spraying disinfectant on surfaces on a train or bus! However, you can ensure that the surfaces you touch within your home and place of work are sanitary and not covered with pathogens. The door knob on your front door can be sprayed with a disinfectant spray. Your countertops and sinks can be sanitized. It would also be a good idea to clean the handles and surfaces on your fridge, stove, oven, microwave, and toaster and any other kitchen appliances you utilize frequently. Overall, this will mean that you won’t have to wash your hands as frequently when you are at home.

We also highly recommend disinfecting your phone, as it is in contact with unsanitary surfaces like tables and desks as well as your face. This is an underestimated source of pathogens that could enter your body.

Wash Your Hands Frequently, and Wash Them Well

Of course, this is one of the best things you can do to prevent yourself from becoming sick. Rinse your hands with warm water, apply a good amount of soap, lather everything from your wrists down to your fingertips. Get in between your fingers and under your fingernails. Then rinse all of the soap off and dry your hands thoroughly with paper towel. Turn the faucet off with the paper towel and open the door on the way out with the paper towel as a barrier. This way you will not come back into contact with any contaminants.

If possible, avoid shaking hands and also avoid crowded public spaces, as you could be exposed to more contagious illnesses.

RPI Consulting Group Inc. cares about the health of all of our fellow Canadians, including clients and candidates, so we hope you apply these tips to protect yourself.

If you have any questions about safeguarding the health and safety of your healthcare facility or workplace, give me a call at 416-850-9809 (extension 231)

Or toll-free at 1-866-505-3383 (extension 231)

You can email us at info@rpigroup.ca

Written by Aquib Ansari ( aquib@rpigroup.ca )

RPI Consulting Group Inc.

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