COVID-19 has become an unseen global enemy. In the USA, the death numbers continue to mount. As of the first week in June, the nation has sustained over 100,000 deaths. Sadly, the pandemic does not appear to be slowing down, so people are scrambling to find ways to stay healthy. One of the ways you can avoid contracting coronavirus is by thinking about the items you carry that might attract COVID-19 and pose a danger to your health.
Most people do not leave home without their sunglasses. You need the dark spectacles to see in bright sunlight without squinting. Sadly, sunglasses often pick up germs from a multitude of surfaces. You probably toss your sunglasses down on top of counters and tables. You also place them in your shirt collar without thinking about where your hands have been before you touch the shades. Sunglasses also do not shield your eyes from coronavirus-laden droplets that are spread when someone sneezes or coughs. In fact, the shades can become covered with the droplets and you could get them all over your hands when you touch the sunglasses.
6. Cell Phone
The Journal of Hospital Infection published a study that looked at how long COVID-19 lives on surfaces such as plastic, metal, or glass. They found that the coronavirus can live on surfaces for two to 10 days. Your cell phone is a commonly used device that is extremely dangerous. You often set your cell phone down on a table or counter while you pay a bill or perform some other function. The surface of the cell phone can quickly become contaminated, and then you hold it to your face to make or receive a call. Sanitize your phone by using a disinfectant wipe to clean it.
COVID-19 thrives for days on metal. You probably place your keys in the cart at the grocery store, lay them on a counter, or put them on a table, where they come into contact with foreign surfaces and can easily pick up the virus. You can wash your keys in soap and water if they do not contain a chip (some cars have chips embedded in their keys), or you can use a disinfectant wipe to clean the keys. After touching your keys, you should wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before you touch your nose, mouth, or eyes.
4. Purse or Wallet
You probably set your purse in the grocery cart at the store and get your wallet out to retrieve your debit card, pay using the store’s card reader, and place it back into your wallet without ever sanitizing anything. Think about how many people touched the surfaces your purse or wallet encountered. COVID-19 is spread through water droplets. The aerosolized water droplets land on surfaces, where the virus lives for days, and you can pick it up via your purse or wallet and transfer it to yourself easily. Use a disinfecting spray or wipe to sanitize your purse or wallet surface.
3. Credit Cards
You probably keep your credit card safely in your purse or wallet and only pull it out to pay. However, when you insert your card into a card reader or ATM, think about how many people have also performed the same action with the machine in the last 24 hours. You will touch the keypad and pen before you pull your card back out of the machine. You’ll then put it into your purse or wallet contaminated. In addition, your hands are also probably contaminated. If you accidentally touch your face, then you can catch the virus. Please remember, you can sanitize a credit card easier than cash.
Cash is terribly dirty, as it passes through innumerable hands. Sadly, you cannot sanitize cash the way you would a debit or credit card. Health experts have started to warn that the use of currency could pose a significant threat due to its likelihood of becoming a vector for the virus. You never know who has sneezed or coughed on the money before it came into your hands. If you use cash, follow safe sanitary practices like washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after handling the cash, or use hand sanitizer.
1. Coat or Sweater
Most people layer their clothing so they can start shedding it when the weather heats up. This is especially true during the summer months. You might wake up in the morning and the temperature is chilly, but it heats up during the day. If you take your coat or sweater off at work, you might hang it alongside other people’s apparel. Also, when you wear a coat it regularly touches countertops, stair banisters, elevators, shopping carts, and counters. The clothing item can quickly become contaminated with the virus. When you touch the material, you can accidentally transfer it to your face.Related: Hand Sanitizer: Homemade to Fight COVID 19