With the end of September fast approaching, students have been back in school for over a month. Although many institutions have made genuine efforts to protect the health and well-being of their faculty and students, the academic year is still young and the future uncertain. Thankfully, there are steps you or your child can take in order to preserve your physical, emotional, and mental health.
Tips for Faculty, staff, & Students
1.) Carry Multiple Face Masks
There is a popular proverb that goes, “It’s better to be over prepared than under prepared.” And with this pandemic going on I don’t think I could say it better. It is far better to have too many face masks than not enough. The last thing you want is to be caught without one. Experts suggest that you own 8-10 masks. Now, that might seem excessive to some, but in reality it equals one mask per day with some left in reserved for ‘in case of emergency’ instances.
2.) Practice Personal Hygiene
It shouldn’t take a pandemic to convince our society of the importance of personal hygiene, but alas that is where we are at. Even if you are not returning to campus for the school year, personal hygiene is incredibly important, especially hand washing. In addition to washing your hands, it is important that you also thoroughly wash your body and clothes after being out in public all day.
3.) Clean Your Room
There are multiple reasons to keep a tidy room, but the main reason in today’s world is to reduce the risk of contamination. It’s essential that you wipe down all your surfaces with disinfectant as often as possible in order to kill the germs that you bring in from the outside. Keeping cleaning products, such as disinfectant wipes/spray, cloth rags, and a small vacuum cleaner/Dustbuster, handy help minimize the risk of your room becoming infected.
4.) Do Your Laundry
Part of personal hygiene is clean clothes. For some students, laundry is a challenging task. They can score a 95 on their business calculus exam, but fail to understand how a washing machine and dryer operate. Maybe the schools should offer more life skill courses. Rabbit trail aside, it is vital that students adorn themselves in fresh attire. Bacteria, viruses, and other harmful germs can easily attach themselves to garments.
5.) Write a COVID Contract
Whether you’re a student living in a dorm room, an adult living with roommates, or a family living under the same roof, it’s a good idea to have a coronavirus contract in place. Writing up a contract is a good idea because it keeps you and the other party(s) in check when it comes to doing something the other person is not comfortable with. Furthermore, if anything is broken, you will have a leg to stand on when you confront the person.
6.) Keep Your Own Medical Supplies
If you want to avoid going to the clinic to pay outrageous prices for medical supplies, then go to your local pharmacy and stock up. A better idea is to find natural alternatives if possible. Keeping basic medical supplies on hand can help save you from the hassle of unnecessary interactions and alert you if you’re coming down with sickness.
7.) Create an Emergency Kit
Along with a medical supply kit, having an emergency kit readily available is a wise idea. Items, such as an extra face mask, hand sanitizer, and a small bag of disinfectant wipes can be quite useful in a tight spot.
8.) Bring Your Own Dishes
Whether you’re eating in or eating on the go, it’s a good idea to eat off of your own dishes. This will help minimize your exposure to the virus.
9.) Organize Virtual Hangouts
Most students are excited to go back to school because they are eager to see their friends; however, with COVID-19 the majority of in-person socialization has become a thing of the past. The good news is technology has provides us with creative ways to socialize without putting ourselves and others at risk, such as virtual hangouts. There are many applications that allow people to plan fun virtual activities with those they love most.
10.) Find Alternative Ways to Workout
Some states have allowed gyms to re-open, but that doesn’t mean you should go. There are plenty of free at-home or outdoor workout routines available for you to enjoy. Rather than looking at COVID as a bad thing, look at it as a way to get creative with your fitness regiment.
Health Fitness Revolution
August 17, 2020