With the rise in Covid cases across the country from the Delta variant and potentially new threats of variants in the future, it’s all too easy to feel helpless and powerless at fighting against this pandemic. And while we’re not in total control of the future, there are simple, easy, and often overlooked ways where we can actually help. Check out these four tips that you can implement today in preventing the spread of Covid and staying safe.

1. Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is one of the top ways you can help prevent illness and spreading infections to others, according to the CDC. Since we often touch our noses, eyes, and mouths without even thinking about it, it’s important to make sure our hands are clean. Germs can get into food and drinks, and have the capability of multiplying with certain kinds of foods and beverages. This is one simple act to not only protect you but those around you.

2. Mask Up

The CDC website discusses how wearing a mask actually helps slow the spread of Covid. According to CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield, “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting.” Just remember to find a mask that fits properly, has several layers of washable and breathable fabric, and has nose wires to keep air from leaking out. Try and wash your masks on a regular basis, be it daily or whenever it gets dirty.

3. Practice Social Distancing

This is pretty obvious, but avoid close contact with the sick. Make sure to stay at least six feet away from family members who are sick, and keep this rule of thumb in mind as you meet with people outside of the home. Staying about two arm lengths away helps reduce the chance of illness spreading from person to person. Practice this while grocery shopping, while at school, and while running errands.

4. Decrease Socializing Outside Of Your “Bubble”

Community is important. Being around people and socializing is a part of life, and an important one. But be strategic and intentional with the who and how. Get creative with how you meet up with people. Consider finding a time outside with some space between you and your friend. Write handwritten letters and FaceTime calls to catch up with those who are outside your inner circle. Maybe choose to forego extremely large crowds with little room to social distance.

You’ve probably heard of each one of these before, and perhaps you practice them when you remember. Try and stay vigilant with remembering these methods that help slow the spread. Remember: you are not powerless. There are things in your control that can help prevent Covid. So wash your hands, mask up, and live your days with some extra intentionality.