6. Protect Your Eyes
It stands to reason that if your nose and mouth are susceptible to coronavirus spread while outdoors on a walk, your eyes are too. That’s why healthcare workers wear masks plus goggles and face shields.
The easiest way to protect your eyes on your walks is to wear sunglasses. Larger lenses with frames that fit snugly against your face are going to provide better coverage.
The further you stay away from other people while walking, the less you will need to worry about this kind of protection. But if you’re in a high foot traffic area, slide on those sunglasses (or even better, a pair of ski goggles) and feel good about taking extra precautions for your health.
5. Don’t Touch Anything
We’ve all learned during the novel coronavirus pandemic the surprising number of times we automatically touch our faces. Learning to stop doing that is challenging enough. As we take to the sidewalks and trails more often to relieve stress, it’s important to avoid touching surfaces outdoors, too.
Gates, fences, buttons for street crossing signals — all are surfaces we often touch during walks. Which means they’re surfaces that could be hosting invisible respiratory droplets containing the COVID-19 virus.
Coronavirus can survive on different surfaces for varying amounts of time. For metal, it could last for up to five days. And you have no way of knowing when someone last touched or coughed near that metal pole or doorknob.
4. Bring Disinfectant Wipes
So, you accidentally touched some of those public surfaces anyway. We know it can be a hard habit to break. Or sometimes it’s just necessary to open a trash bin lid or touch other surfaces while out for a walk. That’s why we recommend carrying a pack of disinfectant wipes with you wherever you go.
Tuck a package of disinfectant wipes in your pocket, plus a small bag for used wipe disposal. Make sure the disinfectant wipes have at least 70% undiluted alcohol content, which is a recommended percentage for novel coronavirus protection.Related: 14 Tips for Losing Weight by Walking