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The COVID-19 pandemic has made us pay particular attention to the spread of germs, but stopping the spread is especially important on college campuses. 

Due to the high number of people in close quarters, such as dorms and classrooms, it’s easier to spread germs from person to person. In coronavirus terms, this means it’s easier to spread the virus among students, professors, and faculty. 

Preventing the spread of COVID is important for health reasons, but it’s also necessary to help life on campus go back to normal. 

If we want football games and tailgates, in-person classes, open seating in dining halls, and friends enjoying the presence of other friends, stopping the spread of germs on your college campus should be your priority. Here is how to do just that. 

1. Wear a Mask

You’ve heard how important it is to wear a mask, but do you actually know the facts behind it? 

According to the CDC, masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others. Respiratory droplets travel into the air when you talk, cough, or sneeze. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people around you, or the people near you may breathe these droplets in. 

COVID-19 spreads from person to person mainly through respiratory droplets, so wearing a mask reduces the risk of spreading COVID. 

When is it especially important to wear a mask? Here are a few pointers.

  • When you’re indoors (with people you don’t live with!)
  • When you are unable to remain socially distant
  • When you are feeling sick
  • When you have COVID-19 (duh!)

There are several different kinds of masks, and some work better than others. 

Surgical masks, more commonly referred to as disposable masks, are the most effective at preventing the spread of COVID.

Reusable masks with breathable fabric are the next best thing. 

The OCM SILVERbac™ Antimicrobial Face Mask is one of those masks. Made by Martex Health, with their antimicrobial technology, the mask contains silver-infused fibers that inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. It’s a triple layer mask, each layer providing an extra layer of protection. And it’s both machine washable and hand washable.

The best part: it falls within the CDC guidelines, so you know you’re protecting yourself and others by wearing this mask.

The mask comes in a variety of colors such as Blush, Teal, Light Gray, Navy, Black, Olive, and more.

You can also double up on masks for extra protection. We like pairing a disposable mask under our reusable OCM SILVERbac™ Antimicrobial Face Masks so we can protect others as best as possible and look good doing so!

Wondering what not to wear? These masks are not recommended by the CDC.

  • Masks that do not fit properly (too loose or too tight)
  • Masks that are not breathable (made with material such as plastic or leather)
  • Knitted or woven masks
  • One-layer masks
  • Masks with valves or vents
  • Ski masks or bandanas 

Long story short, right now, masks are the most important way to stop the spread of germs on your college campus. So, as they say, mask up!

2. Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize!

Sanitizing your hands as well as objects you touch throughout the day is an important way to contribute to stopping the spread of germs. 

Sanitizing comes in clutch when washing your hands isn’t an option. After being out and about on campus, you should wash your hands as soon as you can. But in the meantime, use an alcohol based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

You should put enough sanitizer on your hands to cover all surfaces, then rub your hands together until they feel dry. This should take about 20 seconds. Remember: do not rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it’s dry. Otherwise, it won’t work!

It’s also important to sanitize equipment, say, after working out in the gym on campus. If you’re a frequent gym-goer, getting back to the gym after lockdown was important for both your mental and physical health. So, it’s important to maintain clean gym facilities on campus so that students can continue to use the gyms on campus.

All equipment - treadmills, free weights, benches, etc. - need a good cleaning after use to prevent the spread of germs. 

Another high-traffic surface, says Sandra Kesh, MD, an infectious disease specialist and Deputy Medical Director at Westmed Medical Group, are the handles on equipment and display surfaces on gym equipment that may be covered with respiratory droplets when people breathe heavily during exercise.

Hopefully, by now, your campus gym has stations containing either disinfecting wipes or disinfecting spray and paper towels dispersed throughout the gym. However, if they do not, don’t let that stop you from bringing your own. Take initiative to keep your gym a clean and safe space!

You should also take initiative and wipe down equipment not only after you use it, but before you use it as well. It’s not uncommon to see people only clean equipment after they use it. The problem with this is that you’re assuming the person before you also wiped down the surface after using the machine. To be on the safe side, make sure you wipe down the machine before you hop on the machine and get started on your first set.

You can grab the OCM Personal Care Around Campus Kit for all of your hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipe needs. 

Here’s what the kit contains:

  • Two SuperClean refillable hand sanitizing creams made with skin hydrators that kill 99.9% bacteria and germs
  • One package (15 ct.) of Germisept Multi-Purpose Alcohol Wipes made with 75% ethanol alcohol (that’s more than 60%!)
  • Two reusable CDC approved multi-layer face masks with anti-microbial technology 
  • The Protect-Aid Safety Travel Kit that includes 4 essential personal protection and disinfecting products into one lightweight and convenient bag
  • Two disposable face masks
  • Two pairs of latex disposable gloves
  • One bottle of antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • 10 disinfecting surface wipes that kill 99.9% of bacteria and germs
  • One refillable SuperClean Antibacterial Hand Wash made with 72% alcohol to kill 99.9% of bacteria and germs while leaving your hands soft, smooth, and hydrated
  • One contactless door opener and button pusher

You can also customize the kit to get the mask colors of your choosing! You can get combinations of Teal and Light Gray, Olive and Olive Camo, Black and Light Gray, Blush and Blush Camo, Navy and Navy Stripe, Light Gray and Gray Leopard, and more!

3. Wash Your Hands

Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands in many situations, washing your hands with soap and water is the most effective way to stop the spread of germs. 

There are key differences between washing hands with soap and water and using hand sanitizer. 

Firstly, soap and water work to remove all types of germs from your hands, while sanitizer acts by killing certain germs on the skin. 

Secondly, soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs like norovirus, Cryptosporidium, and Clostridioides difficile.

Lastly, hand sanitizers also may not remove harmful chemicals, such as pesticides and heavy metals, like lead, from your hands. Meanwhile, handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs, pesticides, and metals on hands. 

Here’s how to wash your hands properly, according to the CDC website

  • Wet your hands with water (warm or cold) 
  • Apply soap
  • Lather the soap in your hands by rubbing your hands together (you should lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails) 
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (pro tip: hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice to reach 20 seconds!) 
  • Rinse your hands under the water
  • Dry your hands (use a towel or air dry them)

When should you wash your hands? This may seem obvious to some, but there may be some things on this list that surprise you!

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy
  • After blowing your nose
  • After coughing
  • After sneezing

There are also times you should wash your hands that are not on this list, but apply to us because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To prevent the spread of germs during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should also wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after:

  • Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Touching your mask
  • Entering and leaving a public place
  • Touching an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens

If you want to stop the spread of germs on your college campus, the three most important things you can do are:

  1. Wear a mask
  2. Sanitize your hands and objects you touch throughout the day
  3. Wash your hands 

Stopping the spread of germs on your college campus is more important now than ever. If you want college life to go back to normal, you need to be an active participant in keeping your campus a clean and safe place through the end of the pandemic, and even beyond that.

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