In the wake of the school closures, travel bans, restrictions on mass gatherings and cancellation of conferences, sporting events, concerts and award ceremonies due to COVID—19, many of the traditional celebrations for St. Paddy’s will likely also be cancelled. For those that have the luck of the Irish and intend to celebrate regardless of recommendations of social distancing the following are a few tips to help you enjoy your night and help to reduce you chances of getting sick:
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub, like hand sanitizer, when soap and water isn’t available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
- Use your knuckles to press buttons and your sleeves to open doors to help minimize contaminating your hands.
- Maintain at least a 3-foot distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze (don’t spread your germs, and if you are sick – stay home).
If you’re thinking of celebrating at home with a group of friends, you may also want to consider adding the following additional precautions:
- Limit movement around the house (e.g. keep to the main floor).
- Consider removing your reusable hand towel and use disposable paper towels.
- Clean and disinfect all high touch surfaces before your guests arrive and again after they’ve gone (less area to clean if you limit their movement!)
While COVID-19 is firmly on our minds, the recommendations given to keep yourself disease-free is the same for Influenza and many other communicable diseases. The long and short if you want to stay healthy is to wash your hands, avoid touching your face and disinfect high touched surfaces to reduce the chance of picking something!