Op-ed: COVID-19 Safety Precautions To Take

Staying at home is probably the worst part about the whole coronavirus experience. At least on the plus side, there is a much lower chance that you may be at risk for coronavirus. Of course, there is still a chance that you could get it, which is why I am writing this right now. I am going to tell you all the ways to avoid getting coronavirus, especially since we have a more free time with schools and workplaces being closed. 

Stay at home. Do not go outside unless for essential purposes. It is not necessary  to go outside to places like parks. Coronavirus can infect a person for up to 14 days without showing symptoms, so a perfectly healthy person that you walk by on the street could potentially be a virus host.

Wash your hands. This is something that you should continue doing when this ends, wash your hands. You touch everything with your hands, and this virus can stay alive from several hours to several days on many surfaces, ranging from plastic to concrete to stainless steel. Washing your hands will remove little tiny microscopic pieces of grub or whatnot that may be virus organisms, or contain virus organisms.

Practice social distancing. This is one of the most basic forms of disease curtailment, in where you do not go a set distance from someone. By reducing opportunities for close contact, you are lowering the chances of others and yourself from getting infected. You should probably do this for everyone that is not family or someone of that nature.

Cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing. When you sneeze, particles leave your nose in excess of 100 mph and can travel for up to 5 feet. This easily endangers those around you. Try not to sneeze or cough openly.
Finally: Do not go to a hospital if you do not need to. Medical systems around the world are already strained as is, and we need hospital beds for the growing number of people with coronavirus. Try not to injure yourself during this time, and call ahead if you do need to go to a hospital or clinic.
That’s all my advice for now, stay safe.

Gabriel Fesehaie

Gabriel Fesehaie is a 15 year-old sophomore at Malden High School, and is returning for his second year as a member of The Blue and Gold. Fesehaie was born in the U.S and has Eritrean origins. He speaks English and has a deep interest in learning new languages. Fesehaie is currently learning Tigrinya, Italian and French, and has some knowledge of German. Fesehaie’s hobbies include playing Minecraft and baseball. His favorite food is New York-style pizza and his favorite color is red. He considers himself an introvert.

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