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Must-have items to help protect you from COVID-19 when you leave the house

As Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to rise worldwide, one can ask the question — what can I do to protect myself and my family from the infection.

In stressful times like these, panicking is not the answer.

What one can do instead is to stay calm, be levelheaded, and be prepared.

To prevent the widespread of infection, CDN Digital is providing you a list of must-have items that you should bring in the event that you have to leave your house.

Here are those things:

Bottle of liquid soap

Hands contribute to the spread of the virus. This is because people, who cough or sneeze are most likely to use their hands to cover their mouths or noses. What you can do to minimize this is to wash your hands with soap on a regular basis. This has been actually proven to be the most effective way to prevent spreading the virus. Bring your own liquid soap wherever you go so you don’t have to worry when the public restrooms are out of soap. Make sure to transfer it to a travel-size container.

Wet Wipes

Contrary to popular belief that wet wipes are used to clean your hands, according to Dr Kalisvar Marimuthu, senior infectious disease consultant at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), the usefulness of wet wipes is effective for cleaning surfaces. So every time you touch a door knob, or other surfaces in public places, make sure to use your wet wipes.

Rubbing Alcohol

As time and location constraints simply don’t allow one to properly wash their hands, rubbing alcohol is the best alternative. The best type of alcohol to use is an isopropyl alcohol with at least 60 percent solution. In order for it be effective, one must use enough to cover the hands. Rub it over the hands for 20 seconds and leave it to dry.


Bringing tissues is a must if you have a cough or a runny nose. Use it to cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze because droplets of bodily fluids that travel through the air when you cough or sneeze can actually contribute in spreading the virus. Don’t forget to properly dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.

Face Mask

Though face masks are not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick, they are effective in capturing droplets. It can help in cutting the chance of the disease being passed on if you are in a close contact with someone who is sick.

First Aid Kit

It’s better to be prepared at all times. Always bring a good supply of over-the-counter medicine to handle minor illnesses. Have on hand pain relievers, cough drops, cough syrup, and even a first aid kit. This will help you minimize the need to go to public spaces where you may be at a greater risk of infection.

Bottled Water

Staying adequately hydrated is generally good health advice at any time. Always bring your bottled water with you as it is the safest choice for drinking and all other uses.

Preparation is the best way to protect your family and loved ones. Make sure that your bags are packed with these essentials as you leave your home to help reduce your risk of getting infected from the virus.

Let the whole family practice bringing these must-have items. In these times of the COVID-19 threat, be informed, be prepared, do your part to protect yourself and others from the virus. /dbs

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