CAN YOUR MISTAKES DURING COVID-19 KILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
If you are concerned about getting COVID-19 or giving it to someone else, then you are probably trying to be cognizant of what you are doing in order to prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
If you trying to follow the ever-changing guidelines then you may feel like your efforts to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus are difficult at best. We keep hearing things like masks don’t work unless you are healthcare professional then they change the message to wearing a covering like a bandana works against the spread of COVID-19 or you need to stay at least 6 feet away from others to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus to the spread can be up to 27 feet.
Since everyone doesn’t have the same symptoms and some people have no symptoms at all, even trying to figure out if you have COVID-19 or not can be extremely difficult. Since they can’t test everyone at this point, if you don’t meet their criteria to test for the Coronavirus you are left guessing whether you have it or not and whether or not you are spreading it.
Having a wife and two children with pre-existing conditions at home, I am trying to limit my exposure to the coronavirus however, I am constantly making stupid little mistakes. Although, I am working a one week on and two week teleworking rotational schedule, there are times I need to go in over those two weeks as necessity dictates and I haven’t developed a great routine yet. My family on the other hand hasn’t been out in weeks (about 3 weeks), so if someone brings home something that could potentially kill me or my family it is me that will be bringing it home and that is a lot of worry/concern/responsibility/pressure to carry. One stupid little mistake can literally kill my family.
Just yesterday I was out on a site where we were in the middle of a critical activity (could have turned into a life/safety issue) and we were on a quick conference call to discuss the situation. Another person and myself were outside using my cellphone on speaker but with all the background noise it was difficult to hear. The person that was with me spoke into the phone, which would have been a normal thing to do under normal circumstances however, with COVID-19 being so easily transmitted I made what could have been considered a deadly mistake, I forgot to wipe down the phone afterwards.
Last night I woke up in a panic thinking how freaking stupid of me not to wipe down that phone. I am trying to be careful about wearing gloves and keeping my distance while outside and when inside with others I try and maintain an appropriate distance while wearing a mask (sometimes). When I get home, I change in the garage, I wipe down (with disinfectant wipes or the peroxide wipes) what I am bringing inside, and I go upstairs to wash up with soap and water. While at home, I mostly self-isolate from the rest of my family; I stay in a separate bedroom, I use a separate bathroom, I have my wife go into the drawers in the kitchen, and as annoying as it is to my wife I walk around with a can of aerosol disinfectant and spray everything I touch.
On the other hand when given more time to think about what I am doing I make better decisions; the other day I was going through an hour-long drive thru line at the credit union, I was able to consider every move I was going to make about wearing my gloves, how I would put the checks in the tube, how I was going to clean my gloves with hand sanitizer before properly taking them off and properly disposing of them, and lastly how I was going to sanitize my hands before moving forward.
Theses are just a couple of the things I am trying to do and the mistakes I am making along the way. So, if you are anything like me, you will make some mistakes as well, but we all need to keep trying for perfection, other people’s lives may depend on it.
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