Since circuit breaker has ended, it seems like everyone has forgotten that Covid-19 is still an ongoing pandemic. People went back to their old habit of loitering, littering and dining with large groups of friends and family. So, here is a friendly reminder that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and we still need to keep up with our hygiene.
Hygiene does not only mean personal hygiene. It means general hygiene as well, one that applies to your clothes, home and habits. Washing your hands with soap and water or sanitizing it is not enough. You need to be aware that there are other things that can spread viruses.
CLOTHES CAN SPREAD VIRUSES TOO
After a tiring night out with friends or family you have not seen in months, it can be easy to forget that your clothes and shoes have been out with you as well. This means that even if your skin did not touch any railings or other ‘dirty’ surfaces, it does not mean that you are safe.
When you sit down anywhere in public, your bottoms contacted germs that are on the surface of the seat. When you lean against a wall, your shirt has also made contact with the germs sticking on the walls. Your shoes have stepped on various things that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Long story short, your entire outfit should be quarantined. Or, at least, be put in the laundry basket to be washed.
YOUR PHONE HAS WAY MORE GERMS THAN A TOILET SEAT
Yup, you read that right. You constantly touch your phone and put it down on random surfaces, and I am pretty sure you have not cleaned it since you purchased the phone. Yikes. Go ahead and clean your phone ASAP either with alcohol wipes or tissue and hand sanitizer. Be sure to clean your technology, especially your phone and earpieces or airpods at least once a week.
THROW USED TISSUES AWAY IMMEDIATELY
Used tissues… from wiping your nose, coughing or sneezing in it contains A LOT of germs. As much as possible, try not to keep used tissues in your pocket or in your bag. You know what I am talking about. You sneeze or cough and there is no bin in sight so you thought you would just ball it up and keep it in your pocket or throw it in your bag until you find the nearest bin. Yeah, don’t do that anymore. You are just spreading those germs inside your pocket and in your bag, where it can be spread to other belongings.
THROW OR CLEAN MASKS
If you are wearing the reusable masks, be sure to wash it immediately when you are home. This prevents you from reusing your dirty masks that are undoubtedly full of germs from the previous usage, especially if you coughed or sneezed in it!
If you are wearing surgical masks, be sure to bring at least 4 with you when you are out. If you coughed or sneezed, switch masks immediately. If you have been wearing it for longer than 4 hours, switch masks so that you will not feel suffocated. Wearing the same masks for hours on end makes it feel suffocating since you have breathed in and out repeatedly in that same mask! So, there is little to no ventilation, you are essentially just breathing in what you breathed out. So, as much as possible, try to switch masks every 4 hours at least.
When you discard your surgical mask, be sure not to touch the inside of the mask where your germs are at. After discarding it, be sure to wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer.
If possible, use soaps or sanitizers containing natural ingredients so that it will not dry out your skin. HYSSES has a wide array of hands soaps and hand sanitizers that you can get via our eStore!