Let’s band together and stop being so darn gross.
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As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, we were recently inspired to ask the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about how they’re personally trying to stop germs from spreading. Here are some tips to try and stay healthy and germ-free.
Purchase gloves to wear on public transportation or while shopping. This should help prevent transferring your germs to other surfaces.
Wear a turtleneck and use it as a makeshift divider between your fingers and your face. Have an itch on your nose? Use the clean inside of the sweater to scratch it.
Focus on the safety of others instead of only yourself. For example, if you have a terrible cold and you’ve been sneezing for two days, maybe don’t go out to dinner or to the office. Snuggle up and watch Netflix instead! Your friends and family will thank you. TL;DR: STAY HOME.
Disinfect anything you typically find yourself touching throughout the day, such as your handbag or backpack, keys, door knobs, your steering wheel, and definitely your phone.
Wash your hands! I shouldn’t need to tell you this, but it’s the BEST way to keep germs at bay. Make sure you’re using soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or two rounds of singing “Happy Birthday”).
But don’t over-wash your hands to the point that cracks form, as then you’ll make your skin more vulnerable to germs. Use healing hand lotion after washing your hands to keep them moisturized.
Carry hand sanitizer with you for when water isn’t available. This will be great for quickly killing germs on your hands after handling things like money, opening doors to stores, or using the bannister on a staircase.
Don’t use makeup testers when visiting stores like Sephora or Ulta or try any food samples at the grocery store — I know it’s tempting, but you don’t know how many others have touched the same product before you.
Keep a fidget toy available at all times to keep your hands busy when you start feeling the urge pick at your face, touch your lips, or rub your eyes.
Or pick up a set of squishy toys for an adorable and fun way to keep your hands away from your orifices.
Simply create a visible reminder to STOP. TOUCHING. YOUR. FACE. Seriously — write it on a sticky note, create a temporary tattoo on your hand. Do what must be done.
Cover your mouth when you sneeze! I’ll take this moment to gently remind you to sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands or the open air (gross).
Or just wear a Talentless sweatshirt with “please wash your hands” emblazoned on the back to remind anyone and everyone to soap up!
As for me? I’ll be using this time as an excuse to spend an extra hour in my bubble bath.
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