As states across the nation continue to ease coronavirus-induced lockdown restrictions, more and more Americans are venturing out of the safety of their homes. But meeting up with friends or family, going to the office, and carrying on with daily life overall will look much different as the novel disease still presents a risk.
The reopenings have prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue recommendations when deciding to go out, including a few items to bring with you when you do so.
According to the federal agency, a cloth face covering, hand sanitizer that’s made with at least 60 percent alcohol, and tissues are key items to bring along.
The CDC’s recommendations on cloth face coverings are in line with what it has recommended for months. In April, the CDC updated its guidelines to recommend all Americans wear cloth face coverings in public "where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain," such as grocery stores and pharmacies, and "especially in areas of significant community-based transmission."
The agency has also recommended using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol since the start of the pandemic, though thorough and proper handwashing is preferred.
Lastly, tissues will be useful when out and about, as they provide some protection between your hands and dirty surfaces, such as door handles. But one health professional said that tissues are also useful to prevent the spread of infectious germs when one gets the urge to sneeze or cough.
"Carrying tissues with you means that in the event that you have to cough or sneeze, you can do so into something other than your hands, and therefore minimize the risk of spreading germs," Linda Morgan, health and wellness expert with MotivationNook, told Best Life.
“Still, make sure to throw them out immediately after use, and wash your hands right away so that you don't risk transferring germs to objects that you touch,” she added.