Common mistakes people make during prevention

Mistake 1. Put on a face mask without washing your hands.

Your hands may touch viruses and germs while you are getting ready to go out. If you accidentally touch the inner side of your mask, the viruses and germs may go into your mouth or nose. The best way is to wash you hands after you get ready and then put on the face mask.

Correct Steps:

1. Prepare everything you need to bring with you.

2. Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer.

3. Put on your face mask correctly (checking if it is sealed).

4. Put on your shoes.


Mistake 2. Starting to work without washing your hands.

Your hands may touch public facilities such as escalator handrails, handles of buses, office door knobs, elevator buttons, etc. They may be where viruses and germs are hiding. Wash your hands when you arrive at the office.

Correct Steps:

1. Washing your hands thoroughly.

2. Wipe your keyboard, cell phones, and other office supplies with alcohol soaked cotton pads.

3. Start your work day.

Mistake 3. Bring your cell phone to the public bathroom.

The public bathroom contains many invisible dirty things. Your cell phone may get polluted there. You should keep it in your pocket. Or you need to sanitize your cell phone on a regular basis.

Correct Steps:

1. Leave your cell phone at your desk.

2. Cover the toilet before flushing.

3. Lather your entire hands with soap for 20 seconds.

4. Wash away the soap with flowing water.

5. Dry your hands with a paper towel or hand dryer.

Mistake 4. Eat without washing your hands.

Without washing your hands before eating, you may swallow germs and viruses from your hands. Your mouth and throat are channels through which your respiratory system may get infected.

Correct Steps:

1. Find a good spot where you can keep a distance from others, preferably back to back.

2. Remove your face mask. You can put it in a clean envelope.

3. Wash your hands thoroughly.

4. Eat.

Mistake 5. Put your face mask in a random place.

Randomly put your face mask somewhere may get the inner side of the mask polluted. The outer side of the mask, if already polluted, may pollute other things. After removing your mask, you need to wash your hands in case you may touch your mouth or nose.

Correct Steps:

1. Use one hand to pull your mask and remove it.

2. Fold it in half, with the inner side inside, and place it in a breathable bag or envelope.

3. Wash your hands.

Mistake 6. Forget to wash your hands after removing the face mask at home.

The outer side of the face mask may have germs and viruses. Your hands may get polluted after touching it. Many people spontaneously touch their faces after removing their face masks. That would increase the risk.

Correct Steps:

1. Put your keys and cell phone in a specific place, such as a basket.

2. Hang your coat and leave your shoes near the entrance. 

3. Remove your face mask and put it in a specific place or trash it.

4. Wash your hands or sanitize them.

5. Wipe your hands with sanitizing or alcohol soaked cotton pads.

Mistake 7. Rub your eyes.

If there are germs or viruses on your hands, rubbing your eyes may give you conjunctivitis. 

Correct Steps:

1. Bring sanitizing pads or hand sanitizers with you.

2. Clean your hands before touching your eyes.

3. It is the best not to touch your eyes.

Mistake 8. Touch the inner and outer sides of the face mask.

Used face masks may contain germs and viruses. If you don't wash your hands after touching them, they cannot protect you.

Correct Steps:

1. Wash your hands after touching the outer side of the mask.

2. If your unclean hands touch the inner side of the mask, you should consider trashing it.

Mistake 9. Cover your mouth with your hands when you cough or sneeze.

Viruses and germs will spread through droplets of your saliva. When your hands are polluted, everything your hands touch will be polluted.

Correct Steps:

1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow.

2. Throw away the tissue into a garbage can with a lid.

3. Wash your hands after sneezing or coughing.