The “Essential Kit” to going out in Singapore
With the implementation of the Circuit Breaker measures, do remember, only leave your house if it is for “essential” purposes, as you risk exposing yourself to the coronavirus.
If you do need to go out, here’s a list of items which you should have with you at all times:
- Mask- either surgical or reusable. Surgical masks are able to filter bacteria more effectively, but the reusable mask given to all households still serves as a form of basic protection. Be sure to wash the reusable mask with warm water and soap after use.
- Hand sanitiser. Washing your hands with soap is the best way to protect yourself. Viruses, with the coronavirus being a prime example, may have an outer protective layer. Soap can break down this layer of the virus and to help them get washed away (together with other impurities) more effectively. If there is no available sink nearby, hand sanitisers are your next best option as the alcohol content can help to kill pathogens. So, keep one handy (no pun intended).
- Reusable containers. If you are going out to buy food, you are encouraged to bring along your own containers. Not only does this alleviate the stress on the hawkers’ disposable containers supply, you will be doing your part to save the environment too!
- Water. Drinking water will not “flush the virus” out of the body, but it is always a good idea to stay hydrated, especially in times like these! Although we really shouldn’t, but drinking enough water is something that’s easy for many of us to overlook.
Water regulates our body temperature, helps to carry oxygen to body cells and remove toxins, amongst its many benefits. The lack of water weakens our immune system and make us more susceptible to diseases, which can really make you a sitting duck during this period!
While these few tools in this kit may protect you to a certain extent, the best protection would still be to stay home as much as possible, wash your hands with soap regularly, and always maintain a safe distance from the people around you.