COVID-19 Most Important Safety Rules for Students from Nerdify
COVID-19 is a serious epidemic that is currently spreading around the globe. In spite of the fact that the risk groups are older people and persons with comorbidities, the disease can still affect other persons, resulting in unpleasant symptoms and even mild complications. Students are not likely to be in a risk group, but their lifestyle and educational needs suggest visiting public places and having contact with people. Therefore, it is important for them to take safety precautions that would protect from infection and prevent its spread.
The primary rule that should be followed is staying at the place of residence. Coronavirus is characterized by a rather high ability to survive in the environment, which implies that there is a risk for infection, even if there are currently no sick people around. Staying at home means being in safe virus-free environment. In addition, young people, to which most students belong, can experience the infection in an asymptomatic form, still remaining the source of the virus. Staying at home means that the possibility to transmit the disease to some vulnerable person is minimized. In this way, a person that does not show any signs of infection saves the life of people in risk groups and reduces the load on the health care system. Therefore, it is not recommended for students to use this time for walking just for pleasure and seeing the city sights.
While studying at home, a student could require some additional educational materials. If these are electronic formats, it is the best option, as there is no need for contact with people and going outdoors, as well as to wait for delivery. It may happen that the required material lacks electronic analogs. It is not a problem, as most stores have a free or reduced-price delivery option today to facilitate the quarantine regimen for their clients. It is preferable for students to use these opportunities while studying at home.
In some cases, there is a need to get outdoors, for example, to the local office of the shipping company to obtain the ordered goods, or to purchase food and medication. There is no reason for being anxious because of this need if appropriate safety precautions are taken. It is recommended to walk, ride a bike, or use private transport in favor of the public one. This measure reduces the risks for contact with the infectious agent. If public transport is the only option, it is preferable to spend more time waiting in the queue outdoors than getting into a filled vehicle. It helps maintain distance with foreigners to prevent the transmission of the virus.
Both in public transport and at the public place, a person should adhere to the specific rules. Face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth areas, should not be touched with hands outdoors and at the public places. There are risks that items and surfaces contain coronavirus that got there during sneezing or coughing by an affected person. By avoiding touching the face area, a person reduces the risks for infectious agent getting to its sites of entry into the organism. It is important to carry a piece of tissue and sneeze or cough into it rather than into a hand, as the tissue will trap biological fluids that could potentially contain the virus. The infectious agent will less likely get to the objects later touched by hands. After returning home, a person should wash hands carefully with soap or disinfecting solution. It is also reasonable to wash clothes having long sleeves, as they could be the regions for virus attachment. Washing the house on a daily basis, especially after going outside, contributes to a reduction in the risks for coronavirus residences indoors.
The epidemic poses a serious challenge for international students, who live on college campuses. Most of them are closing and students have either to return home or rent an apartment. As the latter could be a rather expensive option, international students could cooperate, living in the same place together. This approach poses them to the risks for infection, as their home becomes a sort of public place. The described measures should be followed with double precision and attention by these persons to avoid infection.
Please take care of yourself and remember: Nerdify is always there to help you.