With case numbers at all-time highs, it's more important than ever before to practice proper COVID-19 safety precautions to protect yourself. Need a refresher? Well, you've come to the right place.
Welcome to the second part of our special coronavirus safety refresher guide! In our first post, we explored tips for navigating public places, dining, and traveling. Did you miss it? Catch up here! In this chapter, we'll review how you can stay safe while grocery shopping and exercising. Let's dive right in.
Coronavirus Safety Tips for Grocery Shopping
Grocery shopping is a vital component of our modern everyday lives. Everyone needs food, and that doesn't change even during a global pandemic. But we'll have to employ some innovative ways to stay safe while we get our hands on snacks and supplies such as toilet paper.
Select a Designated Shopper
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, it was completely normal for an entire family to take a trip to the grocery store. But in this new reality, we must reconsider how we shop for food.
Try your best to limit the number of people from your household who tag along on grocery store trips. To limit potential exposure even more, designate one person as the regular grocery store shopper. Prioritize people with no pre-existing health conditions that make them susceptible to severe COVID-19 infections; high-risk people should stay at home.
Minimize Grocery Trips
Several people are used to dropping by their local grocery store many times a week. But with high numbers of coronavirus cases, it's better to scale back the number of grocery trips you take — the fewer trips, the less potential for exposure to the virus.
Are you not used to taking only one grocery store trip a week? Try meal-planning and creating a list beforehand. This not only helps you cut down on the number of grocery visits, but it also reduces the amount of time you spend in the store.
If you still find yourself driving to the grocery store numerous times a week, ask yourself if what you're going there for is really necessary. More toilet paper? Okay, that's understandable. A chocolate bar to satisfy a craving? That one can probably wait.
Visit the Grocery Store During Low-Traffic Times
Several grocery chains now offer special hours for older and at-risk shoppers to keep chances of exposure to COVID-19 low. But if you don't fall into this category, visiting your local grocer can be tricky since everyone else is also trying to go during low traffic times.
Try going to the grocery store early or late in the day. If it's still crowded, remember that the main objective is to maintain a safe distance from others. Avoid contact and give yourself plenty of space in the aisles.
Wear Face Mask Protection and Avoid Touching Surfaces
As with all other activities in the public, you should always wear face mask protection when you visit the grocery store. This protects you as well as those around you. It will also stop from touching your face.
While we're on the topic of touch, try to limit the number of items you pick up off the shelf to examine. Essentially, strive to only pick up products you intend to purchase. Contracting the coronavirus from surface germs isn't the main means of transmission, but it's definitely still a possibility. Also, make sure to use hand sanitizer as soon as you leave the store.
Opt for Delivery or Curbside Pickup
Utilizing a delivery service or curbside pickup is the safest option during these troubling times. Obviously, this can present some inconvenient logistical hurdles; for instance, what if the store runs out of the product you want and picks an unsuitable substitute? Still, this method is the safest route to go if you're prioritizing coronavirus protection.
Coronavirus Safety Tips for the Gym
Typically an atmosphere of healthy activity, gyms have become a source of anxiety and fear for many people during the coronavirus pandemic. It's obvious why — tons of people sweating profusely while huffing and puffing in an enclosed space carries an elevated transmission risk. Combine this with the fact that it can be difficult to maintain social distancing in these facilities, and things get quite scary.
While many gyms now impose social distancing restrictions and limit the number of machines available, there's still an inherent risk that comes with working out in these environments. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while exercising.
Check Your Gym's COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
Before you enter your gym, call them up and find out more about the COVID-19 safety standards it's employing. This will usually be a combination of social distancing protocols, closed locker rooms, and restrictions on how many people can be in the facility at once. Knowing these rules will help you navigate your exercise experience better.
Wear Your Face Mask and Social Distance
As with your grocery store, make sure to don a face mask whenever you're in the gym. We know these can be uncomfortable to exercise in, but it's absolutely necessary to stay safe. If the discomfort is really bothering you, opt for another type of coronavirus protection such as a neck gaiter — they are our go-to choice for getting our fitness on!
Also, stay at least six feet away from others, even if your gym's guidelines don't impose this rule. This goes for whether you're running on a treadmill, pumping iron in the weight section, or stopping by a variety of exercise machines.
Bring Your Own Towel and Water Bottle
Don't rely on your exercise facility for water or towels to wipe away your sweat during your workouts. Instead, bring your own water bottle and towel. Also, be careful of where you place these items while you exercise. You shouldn't be wiping your face with a towel that you just used to wipe away another gym-goer's sweat!
Don't Hesitate to Wipe Down Anything You're About to Touch
Familiarize yourself with your gym's offerings of wipes or paper towels. Instead of relying on your own personal towel, use these to wipe down shared equipment before and after you use it.
Consider Working Out at Home
We know you've probably been eager to get back into the gym since they first closed at the beginning of the pandemic. But the truth is that the safest place to exercise is still your own home. You probably don't have the same exercise accouterments as your local facility. But with some quick internet searches and a little ingenuity, you'd be surprised at how well you can improvise!
Of course, if you need a change of scenery from your living room, consider trying an outdoor activity such as running, cycling, or hiking. Not only are these safe, but it's also easy to adhere to social distancing guidelines while doing them.
Stay Tuned for Part 3!
We hope you've enjoyed the second chapter of our special refresher coronavirus safety guide. Check our blog often for the next installment, where we'll delve into how to stay safe during personal care appointments and in school!
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