Visiting the pharmacy, gas station or ATM never took much thought. But now that we are working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we have to take a step back and evaluate the way we run our errands. Here are some helpful tips about staying safe while running errands based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Limiting the amount of time you spend in public spaces is the best practice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, filling prescriptions, pumping gas or depositing a check are all necessary errands. Here are some of the rules to follow at all times while in public spaces:
- Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth
- Wash hands frequently for at least 30 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water are unavailable
- Avoid touching your face
- Do not wear gloves, as they can cause cross-contamination
Going to the Pharmacy
Fortunately, there are many options that keep us out of the actual pharmacy, including curbside delivery, drive-thru pharmacies or mail-order prescriptions. If you choose to go to the pharmacy in-person, try to get the medication filled in one trip by calling in your prescription in advance.
Getting Takeout or Delivery
Seating areas in restaurants have been closed for several weeks, but takeout or delivery are still an options. Treat getting takeout or delivery as you would grocery shopping by: wearing a mask, wiping down packaging and washing hands before touching food.
RELATED: Clean Grocery Shopping Tips
Mail and Package Deliveries
It is best practice to use a disinfecting wipe on all non-porous surfaces (such as plastic packaging) when handling mail and packages previously touched by someone else. Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds after handling paper or cardboard pieces of mail.
Use a disinfecting wipe on the pin-pad and gas pump prior to using the pump. After you finish pumping gas, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Going to the ATM
Online banking is not only a time-saver, but a way for us you to avoid touching machinery frequently touched by others. But, you still may need to deposit checks or pull out cash. The best way to avoid infection is to use a disinfecting wipe on the pin-pad before touching it and use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol afterward.