4. Clean Your Phone Consistently
Your phone is probably getting more action than normal while you’re either working remotely or spending more idle time at home, says Andrew Moore-Crispin, director of content at Ting Mobile. It’s also one of the only things you consistently carry around you, even when you’re outside of the home. That’s why Moore-Crispin recommends cleaning your phone consistently during this time, and that you avoid sharing your device with others in your home.
“First, power your device down, unplug all accessories, and remove its case,” he says. “Use disinfecting wipes containing 70 percent isopropyl alcohol to get rid of germs that have found their way onto your phone, or use a spray with a soft cloth to wipe down your device. Make your own cleaner by mixing 60 percent water with 40 percent alcohol. However, don’t use paper towels or other abrasive materials that may damage your phone.”
3. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly Throughout the Day
Hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves all work well to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. But the ultimate prevention method? Washing your hands! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends hand washing over anything else, including hand sanitizer. They recommend washing your hands with soap and water for a least 20 seconds several times every day, including (but not limited to) when you have “been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.”
2. Have Any Sick Household Members Wear a Mask
Any person positive with COVID-19, or presumed positive, should be wearing a mask in the home—even if they are in an isolated room.”This will limit the virus spread by limiting the infected exhalations going into the air,” says Langdon. “These droplets of saliva with the virus can remain airborne and expose others who are breathing the same air. Masks prevent this aerosol spread of the virus as the infected person breathes.”
1. Don’t Let Others Inside Your Home
Every new person that steps foot into your home could potentially be bringing the coronavirus with them. Poston says you should limit the house to the smallest social group possible, which will most likely be the “nuclear family unit,” with parents and children. Anyone who is not staying in the house long-term during this time should not be invited in.
“It will be difficult, but to protect your home and family from infection, limit access to the home to only this social group,” she says. “Talk with other family members and friends regularly online or by phone. If a family member or friend comes over, visit with them in the yard or on the porch while maintaining a distance of six feet or more.”Related: Hand Washing: What Happens When You Don’t