Heading outside during the coronavirus pandemic? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has three recommended items to bring with you.

The CDC released a short list of three “items to have on hand” when heading into public during the pandemic. These three items will help you protect yourself even when running an errand.

The three items include:

  • Face mask or covering
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
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The CDC said: “CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community. That’s why it’s important for you to consider your own personal situation and the risk for you, your family, and your community before venturing out.”

How to run errands

  • Running errands requires some extra precautions, too, according to the CDC. Stay home if you’re sick and use online options if those are available.
  • Otherwise, wear a cloth face covering, use social distancing, use hand sanitizer when you leave a store and wash your hands for 20 seconds at the least when you get home, according to the CDC.

How to stay safe during activities

  • According to the CDC, people can stay safe during activities if they maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. COVID-19 can spread faster between people who are closer than 6 feet apart.
  • Indoor activities may be difficult to manage, though, according to the CDC: “Indoor spaces with less ventilation where it might be harder to keep people apart are more risky than outdoor spaces. Interacting without wearing cloth face coverings also increases your risk.”
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