• Michael Weinberg

Staying Safe During COVID-19

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

I know what you’re probably thinking: another coronavirus blog post?! Unfortunately, the majority of 2020 so far has been following the pandemic's lead, which means the world’s people are left with limited options to live their lives. Whether you’re working remotely or at your job, shopping online or at the store, here are some ways to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay at Home

One of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of getting the coronavirus seems to be staying at home if at all possible. At home, the only other people you are really exposed to are family members, significant others, and roommates. If your family and roommates are following safe practices, then you will most likely be safe at home. Also, because infected people can be asymptomatic (not showing symptoms), you may never know if you are carrying the disease. What’s important to understand is that each time you decide to go out, you are risking contracting the virus or infecting others with it if you unknowingly infected.

SparkIt members are taking measures to stay at home as well.

Our Content Developer, Marc, says, “I haven’t hung out/seen anyone other than family basically since the end of March. I’ve also stayed in and haven’t gone to restaurants, bars, the beach, etc. It’s mainly just been home and Publix.”

One of our Social Media Interns Donya says, “During COVID, I am doing my best to limit my time spent in establishments, such as grocery stores, restaurants, malls, etc.”

And Sales Rep Matthew says, “I’m staying at home as much as I can and only going out when I have to.”

Wear a Mask

Understandably, not everyone can stay home. There are jobs to be worked, groceries to be bought, and family members to be cared for. Wearing a mask is the perfect way to easily continue living an almost normal life during the pandemic.

There is much debate about wearing masks in the United States; however, there is an abundance of evidence that masks serve to slow or to stop the spread of the virus from person to person. Just do a Google search to learn more. Here are three articles to kick off your research:

CDC: Cloth Coverings

University of California San Francisco: The Science Behind How Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus

NPR: Wearing Masks Helps

Yes, wearing a mask can be uncomfortable, and with rising temperatures in this boiling summer, it may seem unbearable. But try to remember why wearing a mask is necessary in the first place. Personally, if I’m wearing a mask outside in the Florida heat, I first make sure I’m at least six feet away from any other person, and I carefully open my mask for a few breaths of unmasked air.

SparkIt team members also wear masks.

Our Creative Director, Bismarie, says, “I ordered custom masks for my family on Etsy.”

Our Junior Copywriter, Richard says, “I have 2 masks, one in my car and one in my house, to always have a form of protection.”

Other members, including Matthew; our Video Editor, Ian; Social Media Intern Vivian; and Donya, say they never forget to wear a mask when they leave their homes.

Here are a couple of resources to help equip you with a face mask:

Wear to Buy Face Masks

How to Make Face Masks

Stay Sanitary: Washing your hands, not touching your face, and more

We’ve all been told to wash our hands for 20 seconds or more to kill the virus. We’ve also been advised not to touch our faces if our hands haven’t been washed to prevent the virus from entering our system. Sanitizing surfaces that have a lot of contact, like countertops, tables, and door handles with recommended disinfectants may also be wise.

While staying clean and safe during the pandemic may seem common sense to most, some safety concepts are easy to get wrong.

For example, when using gloves, make sure to throw away the gloves after you have touched the surface you are trying to avoid. Don’t wear gloves at the gas station to touch the gas pump if you’re going to touch your phone a few seconds later with the same gloves. Remember, the gloves are a way to keep your hands clean so you can touch personal items; they aren’t used to protect your hands from infection!

Social Distance

Keep a good distance from others when you’re around them, even when you’re wearing a mask but especially when you’re not. The CDC recommends a distance of six feet between you and any other person, or “about 2 arms’ length.”

When I’ve seen any friends during this pandemic, it’s been outdoors and with at least six feet of distance between us.

Bismarie says she maintains social distance by participating in important events like gender reveals in a “drive-by” as opposed to going inside an actual house. Like I do as well, she uses Zoom video chat to meet with friends.

Richard says he’s been trying to limit his interactions by replacing ordering food with teaching himself how to cook.

Personally, my family orders groceries online from Instacart. The delivery person leaves our ordered groceries at our front door. We then bring in the bags and sanitize all the boxes, bags, cans, and plastic containers, as well as wash all the produce. This way, we avoid going to a grocery store where there may be many people shopping.

We also order from local restaurants for dinner as a way to support local businesses. Before we eat, we reheat in the oven all the food that can be reheated in order to kill any potential COVID-19 virus that could be lingering on the food. Then we enjoy our food on our own plates.

A half a year ago, nobody would have guessed that we’d be in this situation, having to worry every time we left our homes about getting sick. But this pandemic is what 2020 has offered us, so we must do what we can to fight it. Remember that your health and the health of those around you is paramount.

Please share your own safety tips with us on Twitter!

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