Working as a travel nurse in Atlanta, GA (where the CDC is located) I feel obligated on so many levels to communicate my standpoint regarding this global pandemic of Coronavirus. I’d like to begin with a friendly reminder of “Wash your damn hands!” I cannot emphasize this enough you guys. In nursing school, hand hygiene played a major role in our curriculum. It is by far the most simple, evidence-based practice method in preventing infection. Good ole soap and water! This is elementary stuff you guys! Here’s a quick guide from the CDC on ways to prevent the illness.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community
Now that I have that off my chest, together, we can move forward in the right direction.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to focus on the silver lining of this unfortunate situation. Because let’s be honest, the media is doing a fine job of forcing the negative side into our lives. I know many of you might be disappointed with the “social-distancing” part of preventing the spread of COVID-19, however your efforts will make a difference. If we’re able to contain the outbreak and spread of this it will be much more manageable for healthcare workers to treat the individuals with the illness.
Instead, here are a few ways to slow down and make the best out of a desperate situation. Appreciate and do the things you don’t normally “make time” to do. Get creative!
- Spend quality time with those you live with
- Read! Read! Read!
- Deep clean (what better excuse than now?!)
- Call/Facetime a loved one
- Nourish your body with home-cooked food
- Create a gratitude list
- Puzzle or board game
- Music (play or listen)
- Art (color, draw, or paint)
A small part of me can’t help but think this will eventually be better for our environment. With ultimately less people driving it could potentially lead to less fuel/pollution emissions right?! Stock prices are down which is a plus if you’re in the buying market. It could potentially lead to less diseases overall with everyone on high alert regarding hand hygiene. So take a moment to stop and think, before you start hoarding cleaning supplies (toilet paper shortage – which I still cannot comprehend), about the restrictions by the CDC because it is clearly all for a good reason. What are some positive things you’re noticing that have come to light since COVID-19? Please share below, I’d love to hear your take!
Disclosure: All opinions remain my own and I am in no way a medical expert in regards to COVID-19. Do seek medical attention if you feel you may have been infected by COVID-19.