The COVID-19 outbreak can seem scary and overwhelming, however there are many things you can do to keep yourself and others safer from the pandemic. Here are some valuable tips to consider during the COVID-19 crisis.

Don’t Share Water Bottles or Other Dishes

One important way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to avoid sharing your dishes, particularly water bottles and cups. Why? If someone with COVID-19 drinks from your water bottle, the germs in their saliva will now be transferred to the water bottle, and then transferred to you if you use the same one. It’s crucial to avoid contact of bodily fluids such as saliva or sweat from another person, even if you haven’t confirmed they have COVID-19, as anyone can be carrying the disease without symptoms.

Wash and Sanitize Your Hands

You’ve probably heard this one a lot, but that’s because it’s absolutely vital to properly wash your hands, or sanitize them when water is not an option. You need to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and then dry them completely. Doing so often, especially after contact with public surfaces or any items someone else has touched, is an extremely effective way to help protect yourself.

For example, when you touch a door handle at the grocery store, do you know who’s been in contact with it? If you pick up infected bacteria from that door handle, and then touch your face later on in the day, you’re taking a serious risk for COVID-19. By sanitizing your hands after touching the door handle or washing them right away when you get home, you greatly reduce your risk of infection.

Only Go Out When Necessary

It isn’t fun being stuck inside all the time, but it helps to keep you safe. Unless you need a critical service that you really can’t avoid leaving the house for, it’s best to stay home in self-isolation. There are too many risks out of your home, because you can never know who has interacted with a space, or who you may interact with. The most important thing during this pandemic is the safety of yourself and others, and staying home is one of the best ways to protect people.

Keep Distance From Others

Due to the long incubation period of COVID-19, you never know who may have the virus. People can be contagious and infect others for weeks before showing symptoms. This is why it’s pivotal you keep distance from others, even if they don’t seem sick. Keeping at least two meters apart from others helps to ensure that their germs can’t reach far enough through the air to infect you. Be sure to apply this rule with anybody you see, including extended family members or immediate family members that haven’t confirmed whether they are sick.

Overall, these are challenging times, but there are things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe. AquaKnow is always doing our best to remind everyone that safety is your top priority. Rely on us for expert water testing to ensure the water you are using to drink and sanitize is free from harmful pathogens. Even though it is very doubtful that COVID-19 can be found in drinking water, other more common things like E-coli could be present. Test your water often, take COVID-19 precautions, be kind, and stay safe out there.