Katie Walters, CFNN Editor/Reporter

As we walk through these uncertain paths together, there are several steps we can take in order to make them a little less dangerous. This is a new experience for all of us, and even though there is much ambiguity about the final outcome, the best thing we can do is stay as safe as possible. 

Here are some helpful precautions you can take when doing things inside and outside.

Even though we should be “quarantined,” we all need to get out of the house at some point. But before going into public, consider how essential it is for you to be leaving. Of course, going to work, the grocery store, getting gas, or any other trip in order to get necessities is okay. 

If you’re considering getting something for dinner, try to see if you have anything at home. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches aren’t ideal, I understand, but any food is still food! Limiting social contact is undoubtedly the best method to take in order to stay safe. 

When making those essential trips, your number one priority needs to be maintaining social distance. It’s recommended that you stay at least 6 feet away from others. Many stores have put tape markers on the floor to give you a reference, so definitely don’t ignore those!

Another helpful thing to have with you is hand sanitizer. You won’t always be able to wash your hands, so this is your best bet. Try to sanitize before going into a public place, especially before touching door handles, shopping carts, etc, as well as after any contact. 

If possible, keeping some sanitizer, Lysol, or Clorox wipes in your car are a great idea. Use them to clean your hands, car door handles, wallet, cards you’ve used, or really anything that could potentially have been touched.  

When getting home from a trip, wash your hands! If you haven’t had a chance to in a long period of time, please try and always do this. Hand sanitizer can be helpful but is not the best method for effective cleaning. 

In order to wash your hands properly, they need to be cleaned for at least 20 seconds with warm water. Singing Happy Birthday is a good way to time it. Make sure you clean your hands thoroughly too! 

Any masks, gloves, and essential hospital supplies should be used in consideration, as there is a severe shortage. By overstocking for one person, several other lives are put at risk, which can lead to hundreds, thousands, and on.

While doing these things may seem excessive, they are necessary. Following the steps above, and any other precautions you know is the best way to be protected during these times. For more information, make sure to also read anything from the CDC. We miss you, Colt family. Please stay safe!