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7 Tips You Must Follow to Avoid COVID, Say Virus Experts

Here's how to keep yourself safe.
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COVID cases are drastically decreasing, but experts warn there will likely be an uptick soon because of the surge currently happening overseas. Although guidelines have been relaxed in many areas, taking precautionary measures is key in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and catching the virus. Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who share their tips on staying healthy.  Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

1

Be Prepared That it Might Happen, and Stay Vigilant

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It can happen to you. You can get COVID. Understand this reality. Dr. Syeda Amna Husain, a doctor who has partnered with Abbott emphasizes, "There is a slim chance of not contracting COVID if you haven't been infected yet in the last two years given the surges and the variants that have evolved. Remember, contracting SARS COV 2 doesn't mean you've failed or lost. It's ok and there shouldn't be shame in the diagnosis."

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Get Vaccinated

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Dr. Husain shares, "The safest thing you can do for your health is get vaccinated and boosted, which we know decreases the risk of severe disease and hospitalization." 

3

Wear a Mask

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Dr. Javeed Siddiqui MD/MPH, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at  TeleMed2U reminds us to wear a mask. "Please remember, masks work! Masks not only protect you but others. Unvaccinated and immune-compromised individuals should be wearing masks when they are in public areas and indoor environments outside their homes."

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Cover Your Nose and Mouth

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Dr. Siddiqui says, "Please remember to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing and remind others to do the same. Again, the value of wearing a mask."

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Wash Your Hands

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"Please do not forget to wash your hands or use hand sanitizing gel and again if you are sick or not feeling well, please stay at home," Dr. Siddiqui states. 

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Social Distance

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Donna Schisler RN, BSN  Clinical Manager with Advantis Medical says, "People can have COVID and be asymptomatic. Maintain social distancing and avoid contact whenever possible, even if the person looks healthy."

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Be Careful What You Touch

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Schisler reminds us to, "Sanitize or avoid touching anything that comes in contact with multiple people like groceries, deliveries, door handles, and railings. Sanitizers must have minimum 60% ethanol and be alcohol based to be effective." So follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Heather Newgen
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Read more about Heather