How To Prevent Getting Sick As A Wheelchair User

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been labeled a “pandemic” and has had a global wide impact. It is important that people take the necessary precautions to ensure they don’t catch the virus. Below are some tips and tricks Richard (Wheels2Walking) for how wheelchair users can avoid getting the Coronavirus. 

Wash Your Hands 

“Wash your hands frequently,” says Richard. Make sure to use hot water and soap and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Richard recommends singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to ensure you’ve scrubbed your hands long enough. Starting at 1:00 in the video, he demonstrates how to properly wash your hands. He even gives some advice on how you can wash your hands efficiently as a quadriplegic with limited hand function. (It is also completely okay to insist that your caregivers wash their hands before assisting you.)

Richard points out that using paper towels vs. hand towels is more efficient because the virus can still live on a hand towel for some time after using it. It is also important to clip your fingernails. “Keeping your fingernails short is another way to reduce the amount of bacteria and potential viruses to hide on your hands,” says Richard. 

Don’t Touch Your Face

Wheelchair users are constantly using their hands. Therefore, Richard stresses the fact that you should not touch your face. He states, “that includes rubbing your eyes, picking your nose, cathing, bowel program, stomas, feeding tubes, and ventilators.”

Get A Flu Shot

Richard advises wheelchair users to get a flu shot. “Currently the flu is more deadly than the coronavirus at this time. If you do get the flu, your chances of getting the coronavirus is actually higher,” he says.

Don’t Touch Your Tires 

Richard suggests to not touch your tires when pushing your wheelchair. He compares touching your tire to touching the bottom of your shoe. So, if possible, only touch the handrim by your tire when pushing and disinfect your tires after being in public. 

Be sure to watch the rest of Richard’s video about prevention of the coronavirus and the media craze surrounding it. 

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