People all over the world, particularly those in the United Kingdom are being advised to remain at home, to stay away from work, steer clear of large gatherings and implement social distancing while the Covid-19 pandemic takes place. While most of the world is practising social distancing and self-isolation, there might be a need for you to go outside, perhaps run a very important errand like heading to the pharmacy or grocery shopping. How do you play the roads during the Covid-19 pandemic? The aim of this article is to help you do just that.
One thing you should remember is that it is impossible for you to become infected if you clean your hands before touching your face and that you do not breathe in air from a person’s that coughing and sick.
You have to be strategic when it comes to your trips outside
Before heading out, you first have to take inventory of the reason why you are heading outside, either to the fuel station, or greengrocers. Doing this ensures that you do as much as possible, ensuring that you do not have to head outside multiple times. It is imperative that you plan your errands at the off-peak times so that there will be less traffic on the roads. Most experts state that the peak period is usually in the afternoon and around 4 to 6 on weekday evenings. Avoid crowded spaces, if the store is crowded, ensure that you are at least 6 feet away from people. If you need supplies, it might be ideal to shop online, or at a store that provides drive-through options.
Make sure you have your very own cleaning supplies
It is imperative that you have your household disinfectants with you such as wipes and aerosols. It is important to bring them with you wherever you go, so you can wipe down any surface that you might have to touch such as a fuel handle, door, or grocery cart. You should also have with you hand sanitizer if you can. This can be quite helpful in the event that you are unable to wash your hands. You do not need to have masks or gloves as they are not necessary unless you are sick.
Ensure that you wash your hands
This has been the most replayed tip ever since the coronavirus outbreak. Since you are going out and driving, it is imperative that you are diligent about washing your hands and refraining from touching your face. It is important that you wash your hands clean with water and soap for about 20 seconds when in the following scenarios:
- When you get home from being outside
- Before and after you take your bags
- After coughing or sneezing
Avoid going outside for a drive if you are high risk
Some individuals are at a much higher risk of becoming very ill as a result of contracting COVID-19. These group of individuals include those that have lung disease, diabetes and heart diseases. Additionally, adults older than 65 are also classed as high risk. If you fit in any of these groups, then you should not be outside driving or running errands. If possible, you should have someone else do everything you need to do on your behalf.
Pay attention to traffic rules and codes
It is easy to believe that since there are few cars on the road, you can do whatever you want. However, that is not the case. You have to treat the road with respect and diligence as you would any other day.