Even if we tried, we wouldn’t be able to thank essential workers enough.
While each of us is grappling with the pandemic in our own way, most of us are privileged enough to have homes to confine ourselves to. Even if work is scarce, money is tight, bills and rents are due, we’re not at the frontlines.
Essential workers are the people who are still working, despite the risks because their services are deemed necessary for survival. From doctors, nurses, technicians, and other healthcare workers, to chemists, cashiers, and grocery store clerks, and food delivery folk, these are people whose work has been saving lives and helping the rest of us get by.
However, as admirable as their work is, it doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re exposed to the virus on the daily. Whether it’s in the hospital or the grocery store, there is some level of exposure each day. So how can essential workers protect themselves and the people they live with?
Wear Relevant And Necessary PPE At Work
Depending on the nature of your job, your PPE will vary. While doctors and nurses have complete suits and covers, retail workers might not. Whatever you can get, wear it and protect your mouth, nose, eyes, and hands as best as you can. Make sure to get rid of disposable items to prevent cross-contamination and leave no parts of your face exposed.
If your workplace is providing sterilizing and cleaning services for your PPE, use them and be sure to disinfect workspaces at regular intervals too.
Separate Personal Items From Work Areas
Apart from disinfecting surfaces, make sure that you’re also separating personal items from work necessities and keep them away from traffic areas. This includes your phone, car keys, wallets, medication, or anything else that you require. Keep them away from people and workspaces such as counters and tables.
For items you cannot put away, wipe them down with antibacterial and disinfectant wipes before use.
Wash And Maintain Proper Hygiene
Before heading home, take time to wash up thoroughly. Wash your hands up to your elbows and use a good quality soap and sanitizer when you’re done. When you step out of work, be sure to have your mask on. Again, keep personal items away, especially if you’ve been exposed to the virus or contaminants in the environment.
Keep Indoor Shoes And Clothes Separate And Change Asap
Once you’re home, take off your shoes by the door immediately and leave them outdoors, if possible. Change your clothes by the door, too, keeping the worn ones in a hamper separate from the rest of the laundry. Wash them as soon as possible with the hottest temperature they can take, and strong detergent.
Wash And Sanitize Your Body And Belongings
Shower or wash up thoroughly as soon as you’re home, to prevent any remnants of the virus that might be on your skin or clothing. It’s important not to take chances with this, so a warm shower is your best bet. Sanitize your phone and other belongings alongside this, because the virus tends to live on different surfaces.
It’s tough being at work all day and coming home unable to hug your kids or parents or partner. It can be lonely and isolating and downright terrifying for workers and family members who worry about their safety each day.
Being psychically distant doesn’t mean emotional distance, however. Talk to your friends and family, reach out if you’re alone, and be sure you’re not compromising on sleep, diet, hydration, and that you’re monitoring your symptoms.
Additionally, add our immunity-boosting foods such as turmeric to your diet. These foods can help strengthen your body’s defenses against threats.
We’re all in this together, playing our part by social distancing and maintaining good hygiene and sanitary habits!
Disclaimer: Bixahuman’s products are not intended for diagnosing, treating, curing, or preventing any disease. Any information discussed in this blog is not a replacement for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor or physician for medical advice.