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I'm a Doctor and Beg You Be Careful Entering Here Still

Read this before you leave your home.
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COVID-19 pandemic or not, viral illnesses are rampant and more of a risk than you realize. Getting vaccinated and boosted is very helpful to avoid severe illnesses from viral diseases such as the coronavirus (and beyond). However, there are just some areas that should be avoided! But let's face it, can you really "avoid" a gas pump handle? As a global public health professional, precautionary steps to avoid viral illnesses, especially in a pandemic is right up my alley. And these tips to avoid infection and spread in these high-risk places keep coming up over and over again. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Public Restrooms, Due to the Doorknobs

public restroom

Public restroom door knobs can be a danger. Use caution with handlebars and door knobs. Use your sleeve or body to push open doors, not your hands. Don't touch public handles with your hands. If you must, sanitize immediately afterward. 



Gas Pump Handles

A man's hand holds a filling gun inserted into the hole of a gasoline tank of a car on a gasoline fueling

Gas pump handles are another high touch surface—same principle, wear gloves or sanitize right after.

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Girl enjoying the outdoor music festival concert. -

Public concerts and other high-traffic congregations mean a higher likelihood of transmission of disease. Wear masks and social distance if possible. take frequent breaks to wash your hands.

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Smaller Cruise Ships


Smaller cruise ships are another risky situation. Having a big open deck space is helpful. If your ship is small, take breaks to spend as much time as possible in open areas and wash hands frequently. Also, distance from other guests when you can.

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Packed Gyms

older couple exercising at gym
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It's good that you are exercising but if you must use a busy gym, wipe handles before and after each use. Avoid high-touch equipment, and wash hands frequently. And to ensure your health don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Dr. Noor Ali
Dr. Noor Ali is a licensed medical doctor and surgeon with an established national health insurance consulting practice serving clients in 34+ states. Read more about Dr. Noor