As Tulsa navigates through phase 3 of re-opening, it’s imperative that we don’t become lenient with safety precautions.

Whether you have something that can’t be done over the phone or are just trying to find a sense of normalcy again, you’ve probably started venturing out, or even traveling by now. When going out in public, there are a few simple steps you can take to help lower the curve and stop the spread.

If you have a fever or feel under the weather, we encourage you to stay at home and self-isolate. If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, give us a call at 918-517-6300.

Protect Yourself and Others

Here are five safety tips for going out in public:  

  1. Always wear a face-covering over both your nose and mouth.
  2. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water frequently, and use hand sanitizer if those things are not available.
  3. Keep a safe distance of 6 feet between you and other people.
  4. Limit how many things you touch—keep your phone, keys, and wallet in your pocket or purse.
  5. Wipe down your area—grocery carts, steering wheels, phones, tables, chairs, etc.

Here are five safety tips for air travel:

  1. Keep travel-sized hand sanitizer on you. Travelers can bring up to 12 ounces (about 350 milliliters) of liquid in a carry-on bag.
  2. Wear a mask at all times, except if TSA asks you to pull it down for identification purposes.
  3. Instead of directly handing your boarding pass to a TSA agent, scan the pass yourself and then hold it up for inspection.
  4. Keep personal items—phone, keys, wallet—in your carry-on bag, so you don’t have to store them in bins when going through security. The fewer surfaces your objects touch, the better!
  5. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before and after going through security, as well as before and after boarding and leaving the plane.

DIY Safety Precautions

By this point, you’ve probably invested in a durable mask and stocked up on hand sanitizer. But as we’ve seen before, when these items start flying off the shelves, people panic. Having backup safety resources is always a wise idea, and you can easily make hand sanitizer and face coverings out of everyday household products.

Make your own hand sanitizer

What you’ll need:

  • Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Peppermint, lemon, or eucalyptus essential oil or lemon juice (optional, for scent) 

How to do it: With clean hands, add two parts isopropyl alcohol, one part aloe vera gel, and a few drops of an essential oil or lemon juice.

According to the CDC, the minimum amount of alcohol needed to kill most germs is 60%. This 2:1 ratio of alcohol to aloe vera will keep the alcohol level high enough.

Make your own mask

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Cotton fabric cut about 20” x 20” (old pillowcase, shirt, bandana, washcloth, etc.)
  • Two sturdy rubber bands or hair ties

How to do it: Fold your cotton fabric in half. Then fold the bottom piece to the center and do the same to the top part, so they meet in the middle. Slide both ends of your fabric through the rubber bands, placing them about 6 inches apart. Fold the fabric outside of the bands in towards the middle, and tuck them in. For a visual representation, click here for the CDC’s instructional guide.

To sew a mask, follow the same instructions with a smaller piece of fabric, about 10” x 6”, and stitch along the outer edges to enclose the elastic bands.

Dual Care for COVID-19

We take the health and safety of our patients extremely seriously and have created a Dual Care strategy to elevate precautions to the highest level. Our Dual Care approach allows us to treat non-COVID and potential COVID patients separately, without ever risking exposure to the virus. By utilizing micro-hospitals during this time, you can ensure you and your family receive the medical care you need without putting your health at risk. To read more about our Dual Care initiative during the pandemic, click here.

Disclaimer: As a service to our readers, Tulsa ER & Hospital and Nutex Health state no content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

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