The Periodic Table of COVID-19 Safety Factors

(COVID-19 Table)

Contents

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CHAPTER 1:

Indoor Safety Factors

Bath Hygiene

(Healthline)

Bathing is the most important aspect of ‘personal hygiene’. It’s a way of achieving cleanliness by washing away dirt, and dead skin cells, and a measure to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases.

If you want a plain-English answer to the question “how often should you shower?” this article is for you.

Hands Hygiene

(Family Doctor)

One thing that health experts recommend the most for COVID-19 prevention is: Wash your hands.

It is true that you cannot control yourself by touching something. You can’t control who touched it. But you can take care of your hands.

This article is designed to show you everything there is to know about hand-washing to prevent coronavirus.

Nails Hygiene

(Mayo Clinic)

Nails definitely harbor germs, and it is possible that they can also cause the spread of the virus. If the length of your nails is long, it is impossible to wash your hands properly unless you use a nail brush every time.

The best approach in such a situation is: keep the nails short and trim them often.

This guide from Mayo Clinic shows you how to take good care of your nails.

Dental Hygiene

(Douglas Hamill)

Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. And if this is not possible then at least, you should brush your teeth twice a day.

Good dental hygiene affects not only your mouth but your immune system and overall health.

This guide will show you exactly how you can maintain your optimum oral health.

Sleep Hygiene

(Help Guide)

Sleep is important for physical health and the proper functioning of the immune system. Getting good sleep can strengthen your immune system and improve T cells in your body that fight off infection.

In this article, you can learn super actionable tips and techniques that you can use to get a good sleep every night.

Clothes Hygiene

(Bustle)

It is still unclear how long the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus can live on various items of clothing, but many clothes have plastic and metal elements, on which it can last from a few hours to several days.

This article takes you by the hand and shows you exactly how to wash clothes during coronavirus pandemic.

Food Cleaning

(How Stuff Works)

It is possible that many of the products you are purchasing may have been handled earlier by others. And possibly people may have sneezed or coughed into it.

No one knows whether the item you are buying is clean or not.

So if you want to make sure that your next food is perfectly clean, then this article is for you.

Food Storing

(Better Health)

Storing different types of foods in different places is a major part of the food safety pillars.

Depending on the type of food, you’ll need to store it in the fridge, freezer, or in containers, you keep in cupboards or on shelves. When storing food, it’s essential to keep food safe, so that’s it still safe to eat or cook.

In this post, you’ll find food safety and storage tips that are absolute must-reads.

Food Reheating

(Kitchn)

The process of heating not only softens food and makes it easier to digest but also kills bacteria, parasites, and viruses, making the food we eat safer.

This article will give you a step-by-step action plan that you can follow to reheat all your leftovers.

Food Preparing

(FDA)

While preparing food, tables, and equipment should be clean and sanitize properly. And always keep raw meat, poultry, fish, and their juices away from other Ready to Eat (RTE) foods.

Want a quick checklist to make sure you are preparing food safely? Then don’t miss this interactive checklist from the FDA.

Food Making

(The Spruce Eats)

Raw foods such as meats, fish, and eggs may contain food poisoning bacteria, which, if consumed, are likely to cause illness. You will be surprised to hear that the most common food poisoning bacteria show symptoms similar to COVID-19.

And at the time of coronavirus pandemic, this type of symptoms can cause unnecessary fear in any person. Therefore, it is necessary to cook such foods thoroughly to avoid food poisoning.

If you are looking for safety guidelines for cooking meat and other food, the resource below is a must-read.

Disinfect Kitchen

(Colorado State University)

The kitchen is possibly the one room in your home that requires the most attention. To prevent germs and viruses from spreading and protect the health of your family, you should know how to sanitize your kitchen effectively.

Specifically, this document will give you a step-by-step action plan that you can follow to disinfect your kitchen.

Disinfect Bathroom

(SFGATE)

Bathroom should be disinfected twice a day because this is the room exposed to the most bodily fluids. The disinfecting bathroom is a crucial task to remove the development of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, and pathogens.

Here are some advice to help you make your bathroom safe for you and your family.

Disinfect Toilet

(Martha Stewart)

The toilet is perhaps the one crucial point in the house where all humans pass through. So during the present pandemic, keeping your toilets, sinks, and surfaces as germ-free as possible is key to keeping you and your family healthy.

This ultimate guide walks you through an approach to cleaning and disinfecting a toilet.

Disinfect Rooms

(Care)

Even if your house looks clean, it can still be contaminated, which can affect your health. Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in every room of your house can help lessen the community spread of viruses, germs, and bacteria.

Here’s a room-by-room guide to deep clean your house.

Disinfect Gears

(The Maids)

When it comes to stopping the spread of germs, we all hear recommendations for washing our hands, but what about the electronic devices we touch throughout the day?

Studies have shown that frequently touched gears such as phones, tv remotes, and watches, can be a breeding ground for germs and other pathogens. So it is also very important to have all these items cleaned for your good health.

Here’s the article to find out how to safely clean and sanitize your gears.  

CHAPTER 2:

Outdoor Safety Factors

Wear Mask

(The New York Times)

The coronavirus can spread among people interacting closely – for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing – even if those people are not exhibiting any symptoms. Therefore it is advisable to wear face masks in public settings to prevent virus spread.

Although wearing a face mask is essential, wearing it is not as easy as you think. Here’s a guide to the wear and care of your new mask.

Carry Tissues

(Quebec)

You should avoid touching the high-touch surface in the public areas, but if this is not possible, then you can carry single-use tissues with you.

You can use these tissues while holding doorknob, handrail, or while pushing a shopping cart or while holding a shopping basket. Just be sure to throw them away after a single use in the trash.

Here’s how you can use tissues to cough and sneeze without being contaminated.

Carry Sanitizer

(Very Well Health)

If you are at home, you can easily wash your hands repeatedly with soap and water. But what should you do when you are out of the house? Well, the simple answer is with the help of alcohol-based sanitizer.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer does not require water and is an excellent alternative to soap and water. In this guide, you’ll see exactly how to use a sanitizer.

Carry Water

(CDC)

Many countries have started giving concessions slowly in lockdown. In such a situation, if you have to go out of the house for some work and you feel thirsty, what will you do? Will you use a public tap somewhere?

Well, at the time of coronavirus pandemic, we do not recommend you to use any public goods. Instead, we advise you to carry a bottle of clean water from home.

This guide will show you exactly how to make water safe to drink in an emergency.

Avoid Close Contact

(Forbes)

There may be many people who have COVID-19, but they are not aware that they are spreading the virus. So in such a situation, would you like to greet such people with a hug or a handshake? No, you should not do this at all.

What can you do instead? Well, this post will hook you up with 15 actionable ways to avoid shaking hands. 

Avoid Touching Face

(Health.com)

Your eyes, nose, and mouth are areas where viruses can easily enter your body. And touching your face can significantly increase the risk of new coronavirus infection.

Here are 4 super actionable tips that you can use to avoid touching your face.

Avoid Journey

(CDC)

COVID-19 is spreading worldwide. It is crucial to avoid all non-essential journeys to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and flatten the curve.

Here are complete guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding coronavirus and travel.

Avoid Eating

(FDA)

You should avoid eating at restaurants, cafes, bars, and other restaurants. The virus can be easily transmitted through food, utensils, dishes, and coffee cups. It is possible that people around you are already infected with coronavirus and are not showing symptoms. Therefore, it is very important to take precautions.

Now is not the right time to go out to eat, but you can still get a delivery or takeaway meal. Just keep in mind that the food is cooked well and it should be such that you can reheat it too.

Here are best practices for retail food stores, restaurants, and food pick-up/delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obey Distancing

(Very Well Mind)

Social distance is an essential method to slow the spread of COVID-19. And it is important that you follow the social distancing recommendations by your government, whether or not you are in one of the high-risk areas.

Here are steps that you can take to encourage your loved ones to engage in social distancing.

Obey Restriction

(CDC)

Asymptomatic individuals can still spread the disease. This is why restrictions like stay-at-home, country lockdown, self-isolation, and travel ban are so important. The goal of all the restrictions is to slow the spread of COVID-19 enough to flatten the curve.

And as a responsible citizen, we must follow all the restrictions imposed by the government. Here are the most common public health recommendations by the CDC.

CHAPTER 3:

Violation Factors

Crowd

(CDC)

Many people with COVID-19 do not have noticeable symptoms and may unknowingly spread the virus to others. And in such a situation, if people from many communities come in close contact with each other at mass gatherings and large community events, then they are responsible for increasing COVID-19 transmission. And thus, a case-free zone can also quickly become a viral hotspot.

Event cancellation, staying home, and practicing social distancing is the only way to prevent or limit the COVID-19, even if it is not widespread in your community. Here are considerations for postponing or canceling a mass gathering.

Travel History Hiding

(TIME)

People hide their travel history, which can lead to the spread of infectious disease, it is a crime. It is not good to risk the lives of ourselves and others by hiding the history of travel.

It is possible that you are coronavirus positive, and you may not even know. In such a situation, you risk the lives of all the people with whom you came in contact. In such a case, it becomes impossible for the authorities to do contact tracing.

Here’s how contact tracing could be used to help fight coronavirus.

Symptoms Hiding

(Consumer Reports)

According to sources, it is learned that some travelers returning from abroad in many countries took paracetamol to suppress the fever so that their body temperature is not abnormal during the screening at the airport.

Apart from this, many people have mild symptoms, but they are hiding the symptoms from the authorities to ensure that they can return home.

Whatever be the situation, it becomes the responsibility of every citizen not to hide any symptoms to protect himself, his family, and all those around him and gives full information to the authorities so that the situation could be handled well.Here’s what to do if you think you have a coronavirus.

Rumors

(Medical News Today)

With the COVID-19 outbreak, a lot of rumors are also going viral, which health organizations are calling “Infodemic,” and they are making concerted efforts to deal with it.

It is important to have complete information about rumors to prevent them from spreading. To help you better understand what’s happening and cut through the confusion, below are the most widespread myths about novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

CHAPTER 4:

Enemy Factors

Fear

(Help Guide)

Coronavirus is a new virus, meaning that no one is immune to it, and there is no vaccine to deal with it. The situation in which cities and even entire countries are shutting down can be quite confusing and stressful for some people. 

Unnecessary fear about COVID-19 may make the situation more frightening for you. Here are tips that can help you get through this stressful time.

Misinformation

(BBC)

Just as spreading rumors is a threat to society; similarly, it is equally harmful to believe false information without investigation. As news organizations and other websites compete fiercely for viewers, they need to quickly release stories to the public. In such a situation, sometimes the fact-checking of those stories is not possible, and it can take the form of misinformation.

Here’s how you can stop misinformation from going viral.

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