As the world begins to resume its normal activities, many colleges, schools, and training facilities are getting ready to welcome their students back into classrooms. While it’s definitely exciting, many students and faculty are worried about protecting themselves from COVID-19. Luckily, there are a variety of measures students can take to keep themselves and the people around them safer. Here are some of our top suggestions for minimizing your risk.
Practice Social Distancing
When going back into classrooms, you will likely find some new protocols to follow. It can be tempting to go and take a seat next to your buddies, but social distancing is key right now. Try to choose a desk or seat farther away from the rest of the class. The more seats classes can put in between each student, the better. Some classes might be doing more limited capacities for this very reason.
Social distancing should also be practiced in all hallways, cafeterias, and other common areas to the best of your ability. Try to limit the time you spend in these crowded areas. Your school might have new protocols about the usage of these types of areas, so make sure to abide carefully by your school’s guidelines. Additionally, extracurriculars that don’t lend themselves to social distancing should be postponed until it's safer to be in such close contact.
Wear a Mask
When going to class, wearing a mask is an absolute must. Try getting a reusable fabric mask to wear every day. If you can, have multiple so you can wash them in between each use. While fabric masks aren’t necessarily as effective as medical-grade options, they can still help to contain droplets that spread the COVID-19 virus. If the majority of students go back to school with this type of protection, risk levels will significantly drop.
Along with a face covering, try to limit the amount you touch your face while in class. This should be easier since your mouth and nose will be covered by the mask, but it’s still important to keep in mind. As soon as you leave the public space, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
Sanitize Before Going Home
If you live with family, a partner, or roommates, you are likely concerned about potentially exposing them to the virus if you were to come in contact with it at school. It’s important to take precautions before you head back home after class. As we established earlier, you should definitely wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as soon as possible; but if you're really concerned, other measures can be taken..
Keep disinfectant wipes in your car to wipe down your phone and other personal belongings before you bring them inside. Along with this procedure, wipe down the interior of your car frequently to catch any potential germs that may have slipped in with you.
Keep Your Home Clean
If you live with someone who is particularly vulnerable or immunocompromised, you might want to consider disinfecting yourself more thoroughly. Change out of the clothes you went to class in as soon as you get home, and as an additional precaution, take a shower upon arrival. Wipe down any surfaces you touched or came in close contact with before you were able to disinfect yourself.
While this virus is still a threat, it’s generally a good idea to amp up your cleaning schedule. Frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces throughout the home to minimize any potential cross-contamination. This might include doorknobs, countertops, tables, handles, and anything else you touch often. Use an approved cleaning agent to try to kill germs and bacteria that may have accumulated.
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