The COVID-19 cases in Singapore may be in a downward trend, but it doesn’t mean the pandemic is over – far from it. As we transition to the new normal, you still need to be prepared for anything, especially when going out.
This blog post shares a comprehensive list of what to bring with you to stay safe and healthy outside your home. Keep these items with you at all times, and you will be well-equipped for whatever comes your way.
One of the best ways to defend yourself against the COVID-19 virus is to wear a mask. Masks are available in different types:
- Disposable Masks: These are single-use masks that you can wear once and throw away. Conventional surgical masks belong to this category.
- Reusable Masks: These are masks you can wear multiple times, helping you save money and the environment. They may have to be washed or disposed of after several uses.
- N95 Respirator Mask: This is the most effective type of mask. However, since they are expensive and hard to find, they are best left to those working in healthcare or regularly exposed to people.
In choosing the best mask, consider factors like their ability to filter small particles and breathability. Also, think about their fit. The mask should fit snugly on your face and fully cover the nose and mouth.
It also helps to carry at least two masks. You need to replace them, especially disposable ones, if they become damp or dirty.
2. Hand Soap
Washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 and is an excellent complement to wearing a mask. Hand soap helps remove dirt and germs, as well as destroys the fatty layer that protects the virus.
Many establishments already have hand soaps available at entrances and restrooms, but it makes sense to bring your own.
Don’t forget to wash your hands properly too:
- Wet your hands with clean water.
- Apply soap and rub for at least 20 seconds. Lather the hand and then scrub the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Rinse your hands well with clean water.
- Dry them using a paper towel or air dryer.
3. Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizers are effective against COVID-19, especially when soap and water are not available. They help reduce the number of germs on your hands and kill most bacteria and viruses.
When choosing a hand sanitizer, look for one with at least 60% alcohol content.
It’s also essential to use hand sanitizers correctly: apply a generous amount of the product on your hands, rub them together until they’re dry, and don’t forget to clean between your fingers and under your nails.
Hand sanitizers are also great to have on hand, pun unintended. Keep at least one in your bag and another in your car. You can also make your own hand sanitizer by mixing together equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water. You can add aloe vera if you have sensitive skin.
Gloves are another excellent way to protect yourself from COVID-19. They can help limit the spread of germs when you touch surfaces and objects that may have been exposed to the virus.
For example, if you’re going grocery shopping, it’s a good idea to wear gloves before handling items like fruit and vegetables or touching items like the shopping cart and basket.
You can also use gloves when you have to pump gas or reach into your purse for cash. Some people even wear gloves when they step out of their homes, especially to touch things like elevators buttons, doors, and handrails in trains.
The best kinds of gloves are disposable nitrile gloves, which you can buy in most pharmacies and grocery stores. They’re inexpensive and come in packs of 100 to 200 gloves. You may also want to keep a few extra pairs at home in case you run out while you’re out and about.
If there’s one thing you need to remember, you should still need to avoid touching your face even when you’re wearing gloves.
5. Your Own Things
It’s also a good idea to bring your own things when going out. For example, don’t use the pens and paper of stores or restaurants if you can avoid it. Instead, bring a pen for signing bills and receipts.
You can also carry around a small notebook instead of using napkins or scraps of paper. Keep your wet wipes too, as well as a reusable handkerchief for doors or surfaces you need to touch.
Bring bottled water instead of buying from stores, especially if you’re going on long trips with no access to clean water. Don’t forget to bring plastic bags and containers to store the food you buy.
We hope this list helps you stay safe and healthy when going out during the COVID-19 pandemic! And as always, please stay home as much as you can.