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Additional Ways to Protect Against COVID-19?

I am wondering if anyone has come up with other methods or ideas to help protect ourselves personally against COVID-19 while out running necessary errands or going to appointments. I need to go into the DMV to renew my license in person and it is often overloaded with other people. The usual mask, gloves, hand sanitizers, and antibacterial spray cleaners work well, but I really would appreciate some more tricks of what could be helpful. Any ideas are welcome.

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December 3, 20200 found this helpful

We think we got it from spray in the air when we were in the middle of an emergency situation with our dog who was ill and we were in unusual settings where we were forced to use a public toilet while we waited for him to be admitted to the hospital. We had masks on and used lots of sanitizer throughout the situation, however, the only thing we did not have/do was to be wearing a plastic face shield to protect our eyes.

With the exception of that day, we did every other precaution possible and we still got it.

Other things we thought we did right were to:

1. Never touch our eyes, face, or mouth (as much as is humanly possible)

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2. Take the mask off and wash it immediately if washable--if disposable, throw it away immediately upon entering the house
3. Wash our hands after touching the mask (if touched during the day and definitely after removal)
4. If you wear gloves, use hospital techniques to remove the gloves--which I can't describe--there are good YouTube videos to show it--but it means your skin never touches the gloves and they go right into the trash. Gloves were a false sense of security and you don't realize how many things you touch with the gloves that then had to be sanitized when you were done. It became easier to just wear them for high impact things like the few times we had to use a bank machine or pump gas.


Prayers that you and yours do not have to go through this. It is a devastating illness.

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December 3, 20200 found this helpful

Have you checked to see if your state is offering to renew online. Our state is allowing to renew online. There are several things that DMV is allowing because of Covid.

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This alone will give you more protection , never having to enter the building. Look into this option, if no, protection is key (mask, sanitizer/washing ,distance ).

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December 3, 20200 found this helpful

You say you have to go to the DMV in person so that lets out the online renewal (which is a good thing but our state is charging a very high fee to do this which I'm filing a complaint against) so I would suggest before you go to the DMV or any other public place that requires an appointment, call and talk to a supervisor about when is the least busiest time. They should be able to tell the days and the times and if there is more than one DMV office in your area check all of them. You can also go to the door and the 'door person' should be able to give you a number and let you wait outside (weather permitting) or in your car and have them call you (have your name and number on a piece of paper before going to the door).

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Wear a good mask that covers your full face above your nose and fits snugly against your nose. I use plastic gloves and change them several times while I'm on any errand. Use plenty of hand cleaner and let it dry before putting on new gloves.
I immediately change my mask when I leave any place of business and place the 'dirty' one in a zip lock baggie until I get home where I empty the baggie straight into the washing machine (even if I'm not ready to wash them).
I have canceled all of my 'regular' doctor appointments and if necessary we use teleconferencing which is a really good thing that has happened due to the virus restrictions.
My son takes me when I have to go on any errand so I have a helper with all of these 'little' precautions but I'm very thankful that no one in my family has been infected but I believe one of the problems with society is that everyone is not accustomed to be responsible for their own safety and well being and with this virus, I believe that is what it is going to take or we will have to live like this for a long time.
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The problem with trying to be responsible is that not everyone is really taking this serious enough so you have be overly careful and look out for all the people who are taking almost no precautions and making it dangerous for anyone in their area.
I know there are people who take all of the precautions and still get infected so there must be some things that we just do not know about how this virus is being spread.

Please think about everything before you make a trip and hopefully you will be safe.

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December 4, 20200 found this helpful

I carry a sanitizing kit with me in my truck. In a basket I have soap, water, paper towels, trash bags, extra masks, hand sanitizer and wipes. I wash my hands every errand I run. I then use the hand sanitizer. I also carry wipes with me in the stores. I have extra in my purse to. I wipe down everything that I touch and put in my cart.

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I keep a stylus with me to use at the register. I keep that sanitized also between uses.
Carry items you will need in a plastic sandwich bag, or recycled bag for your appointments. For example any items you need to take to the DMV. Keep that bag separate from your purse or tote you take with you.
A lot of my precautions could be considered over the top. I rather be safe than sorry.

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December 4, 20200 found this helpful

I have been reading up on some of the issues with Covid and one thing they have found out in so many patients is they have a lack of vitamin D in their system. Other studies have said that the blood type plays an important role in this but they have not concluded this study so still waiting on this one.

The most important one was the vitamin D that has shown up in so many Covid patents. I think if you are not getting enough sun, exercise, or being outside that you should take a vitamin D supplement to help boost your immune system. Vitamin C is also good and you can get this in a lot of fruits that you eat. Start eating a bit more citrus to help boost this too. If you continue to eat healthy food with a lot of salads and veggies and get plenty of sun and exercise this is the best way to help protect yourself against this illness.

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