If you want to know the best techniques for avoiding Covid-19, who better to copy than two medical professionals? Our Assistant Medical Director Dr. Mike Hilton shared the personal protocols he practices with his wife Kathryn Wells, who has a Master’s in Public Health.
Do you guys leave your shoes outside?
Not always. It all depends. If we have had exposure to potential Covid patients in the line of work, yes, we leave them outside. But if we just go out for a walk or to the grocery store, then no, we don’t. We leave them in our entryway so we don’t walk all over our home, and wash our hands after we take them off.
Do you bring your coat in after going shopping?
Yes we do. We put in the entryway closet.
What do you use to wash your fruits/produce, and do you wash your packaged stuff (there seems to be conflicting info on the latter)?
Fruits and produce is washed in hot water, then allowed to air dry before being put in a bowl or in the refrigerator; we wipe packaged items with disinfecting wipes.
How do you handle packages that have been delivered?
We wipe plastic wrapped items or plastic mailers with disinfectant wipes. Otherwise, we open cardboard boxes as usual, then wash our hands after. We don’t wipe everything down that’s inside the package. We wash our hands after handling these items.
Would you see a friend who had Covid-19 and recovered? Is staying 6 feet apart from them on, say, a walk outside responsible enough?
We would see such a friend if he or she was at least 3 weeks since their symptoms started and at least a week since their first symptoms. They would need to wear a mask and we would wear masks as well. We would also stay 6 feet apart.
Do you limit your trips to the grocery store/pharmacy/etc?
We try to, but sometimes it’s not possible. It depends what we can get from grocery delivery services. We try to go only once or twice a week.
Do you wash your re-usable grocery bags?
Yes, we wash re-usable bags in our washing machine on hot and then dry on a higher setting. We wash these items alone, apart from clothes or other items.
How do you guys get around the city safely?
We try to walk or bike as much as possible. I take the bus to work, as the windows are open and it generally is not crowded. I wear a mask and don’t touch anything except the pull cord, then use hand sanitizer. If we use a ride share service or taxi, we wear masks and hand sanitizer.
How often do you disinfect your cell phones?
We try to do this everytime we come home, and get to and leave from work.
Are there any other lesser-known protocols you guys follow that other people should too?