How To Use Your Mobility Scooters & Electric Wheelchairs During The Coronavirus Pandemic
As this new pandemic spreads quickly across the globe, more and more people just like you are wondering what they can do to better protect themselves.
The coronavirus can be fatal to those who are immunocompromised. If you are using a mobility scooter or power wheelchair to get around you probably fall into this category. There are several things that you can do to protect yourself in these dark times.
Understanding your risk factors and how to combat them will lead you through this pandemic while staying healthy and reducing stress. We’ve all heard that this virus is spreading quickly and because the symptoms take so long after exposure to the virus to appear, it is even more difficult to spot.
Recognizing the warning signs and avoiding others is going to be your safest option. Unfortunately, you may have to go to town, work, or the store. Be mindful of your surroundings and follow a few tips to keep as healthy as possible when going out.
Disinfecting You Mobility Devices
One essential we know all too well is wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and antibacterial soap. While traveling or interacting with others, don’t forget that this also applies to kill germs on your power wheelchair or mobility scooter.
Using Lysol or soap and water; be sure to clean the armrests, seat belt, baskets, cup holders, oxygen tank, and any other part of your chair that you touch regularly each time you come home.
Avoiding the Contagion Zone
When referring to the contagion zone, we’re talking about the 3-6-foot radius of an infected person. As more information becomes available, we’re now being told that it is best to employ social distancing measures and stay 3-6 feet away from others.
This can be difficult for anyone in a public place, especially a check-out line. Your chair actually gives you an advantage in this area. Your electric wheelchair or mobility scooter can provide a barrier between you and others during the outbreak. It will also help you to avoid shopping carts and other shared items.
Using Accessories to Your Advantage
This piece may seem a little odd, but if you’re bound to a wheelchair or mobility scooter, accessories can do more than make you feel more comfortable with customized options. For example, the CDC is suggesting that you stay 6 feet away from people to avoid becoming infected. If you have a trailer for your scooter, take that with you. It will provide a barrier between your space and the people behind you.
Use your storage options to carry disinfectants and wipes that can quickly kill the virus. As you cannot simply stay at home, it’s a good idea to disinfect after coming into contact with others. If you’re on a long outing, having a travel pack with wipes and sprays will help you to rid the virus quickly from your belongings.
There are several things that you can do to protect yourself. As confirmed cases rise it is best to stay away from others and practice good hygiene.