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With COVID-19 cases rising and colder temperatures approaching many parts of the country, many worry that the spread of COVID-19 will be more difficult to contain. Studies have suggested that the virus may thrive in colder, drier weather, making it more important than ever to be aware and to take necessary steps to protect yourself and those around you. In order to face the increased challenges that winter brings, we’ve prepared a short list of tips for staying safe in colder weather.
It is just as important as ever to wear a mask during winter as it is in any other time of year. In addition, it may even help protect your face from harsh weather outdoors. Wearing a mask will prevent the spread of infected droplets both from others and potentially yourself, and will lower the risk of virus transmission especially if you find yourself in more crowded areas. Advanced Products offers high quality, Made In Taiwan 3-Ply masks that will help keep you and others safe. For information on masks and tips on how to wear your mask comfortably, check out our other blog posts.
As winter approaches, more people find themselves spending time indoors. This often means an increase in contact with other people in enclosed spaces, which may present an increased risk of virus transmission. This includes places like restaurants, gyms, small social/family gatherings, and more. If you can, avoid gatherings that you know will be crowded, and always wear a mask around others. While it may be difficult to avoid crowds completely, you can lower your risk substantially by keeping your distance from others and practicing usual social distancing measures.
As we have seen throughout the course of this pandemic, it is important to find ways to complete your daily tasks and hobbies indoors while away from others. This might include clearing out an area of your home for indoor exercise, or cleaning up your workspace for increased productivity. Ensure your heating and air filtration devices are working properly, and prevent social isolation by facetime or calling friends and family, and keep communication with people important to you. With the cold weather, you will find yourself indoors more often, so making those spaces more enjoyable is crucial to your mental and physical health during the pandemic.
Social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic is a real risk that has presented itself to thousands of people. While the best practice to avoid contracting COVID-19 is to limit physical contact with others, it is not always ideal for your mental health. If you decide to socialize or meet up with friends, it is best to limit contact to a small group of close friends or family that you can trust and limit exposure to others outside that group. This way, you can feel more secure and comfortable in your social interactions.