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You have a friend who's sick. You want to go and visit them, but you're worried about getting sick yourself. Well, don't be! There are many ways to protect yourself from germs and infections when visiting a sick friend. In this blog post, we'll go over some of the best practices for keeping yourself safe when visiting someone who's infectious.
Wash them before and after touching the sick person. Also, wash them after using the bathroom, after touching objects that may be contaminated (such as door handles), and after touching animals or handling food.
If you can, wear a medical face mask and disposable gloves. If you can't make it to the store to buy some, don't worry - there are plenty of ways to get your hands on them.
Ask for them at the pharmacy or call in advance so that they're ready for you when you arrive. Ask for extra masks at work or school (especially if there's been an outbreak). Your partner might have some in their car or purse that they forgot about from previous illnesses!
Don't touch your face with your hands and wash them thoroughly after doing so. Don't eat or drink in the same room as your friend, especially if they have an infection of any kind (such as a cold). Avoid sharing food or drinks with them, even if you think it's just water or soda. You can get sick from something as simple as sharing a straw! Even if you don't feel like being rude about it, try not to use the same utensils when eating together -- just use disposable ones instead!
It's important to remember that no matter how much you love your friends and family members, it is always in your best interest to take care of yourself first. You can still be a good friend without exposing yourself to infection. It might seem like common sense, but it's easy for us humans (and especially stressed-out ones) to forget this fact in times of crisis and anxiety -- so let me remind you: if someone has an active case of Ebola or any other virus that can kill people if transmitted via bodily fluids and tissues (like chicken pox), then please do not come within three feet of them until they've been cleared by medical professionals as no longer contagious.
If there are no doctors around when this happen? Then just stay away from them until they're better! Your life matters too--don't risk getting sick just because someone else needs help right now.
I hope this post has helped you understand why it's important to protect yourself from infections when visiting a sick friend. You don't want to get sick, and neither do they! I know it can be scary thinking about all the things that could go wrong when visiting someone who has an illness, but trust me: if you follow these tips and stay vigilant about your own health (washing hands often), then everything will be fine. Good luck with your next visit!