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  • You know by now that you need a protective face mask when heading outside — it doesn't matter whether you’re going to work or running errands for your household. In case you want to add some extra layers of protection to your body, we round up some other kinds of protective gear you can shop besides masks. Remember, there’s no such thing as being too careful!

    8 items you can use when heading out during this pandemic

    Bucket Hat With Face Shield (Php250) from Wear Frida

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    COVID-19 can spread and be contracted from an infected person’s respiratory droplets — which can enter your body through your nose, mouth, and eyes — so protecting your face should be a top priority. We suggest wearing a face shield over your mask to keep your eyes protected and to help you to keep your hands off your face in case you come into contact with contaminated surfaces. This shield from Wear Frida keeps you covered from forehead to chin and even comes attached with a bucket hat to help shade your face from the sun on hot days.

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    Shoe Cover (Php300) from Drykicks

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    Hopefully you’ve been following the Department of Health’s recommendation to disinfect and remove your shoes before entering your home. You can also keep your kicks extra safe from stray dirt and bacteria with these shoe covers from Drykicks (@drykicksph). The shoe covers are also great to keep your white sneakers safe from unexpected rainfall. Plus, they come in several cute designs — from plain to polka-dotted to floral and more.

    Transparent Latex Gloves (Php535/50 pieces) from Kisscase

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    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends gloves made with a latex material. Your hands casually touch many more things than you might expect — from your personal belongings to exposed surfaces like hand railings, elevator buttons, car doors, and more. Use these disposable gloves from Kisscase for times when you cannot wash your hands but need some form of protection for them. Don’t forget to wash your hands with soap as soon as you dispose of your gloves and avoid touching your face throughout the day while wearing them.

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    Bunny Suit (Php500) from Craft Clothing

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    There are many kinds of wearable personal protective equipment you can shop and the zip-up suit type is one of the most popular designs. You can wear it over your normal clothes when heading out to ensure maximum coverage from head to toe. You can try this PPE suit from Craft Clothing if you’re looking for one that’s budget-friendly. It’s washable and comes in several different colors, too.

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    Protech Jacket (Php950) from Gameville Sportswear

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    This protective jacket from Gameville Sportswear is made from taffeta silver back lining, a material that has been used to create several varieties of PPE and is approved by local and international experts. You can throw it on over any outfit before leaving the house for a quick, added layer of protection. It’s also lightweight and water-proof—perfect for when the rainy season comes around.

    Isolation Gown Set (Php599) from Eika

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    You may find a protective gown to be a little more comfy and fuss-free than a full body suit as it’s easier to slip on over your clothes and provides a little more breathing room for your body—not to mention, will feel much breezier in our tropical climate. Try this water-repellent gown from swimwear brand Eika, which is available in blue and white. It features a lightweight, washable material that can be used over and over. Just be sure to wash it after each wear! Each set comes with a head cap and shoe covers.

    Earsavers (Php15) from 3 Saints Apparel

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    In case your go-to face mask tends to get uncomfortable or slip off, 3 Saints Apparel’s Earsavers will be a lifesaver. They’re basically a thick fabric band with buttons on either side that you can attach to the elastics on your face mask. They feature a stretchy construction that promises a snug and comfortable fit. This will prevent any chafing or scratching against the back of your ears while also keeping your mask secure—you wouldn’t want to risk it slipping off in public spaces after all. They come in a variety of colors and you can cop one for just P15!

    No Touch Tool (Php250) from Nelwood

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    This handheld wooden device from Nelwood seems almost too simple, but it’s a handy tool that will save you a lot of trouble each day. The No Touch Tool can be attached to your keys, belt loop, or bag like a keychain and you can use it anytime you need to touch surfaces. Think of it as an extension of your hand, made specifically for dealing with elevator buttons, ATM machines, doorbells, and the like.

    This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

    How do you ensure your and your family's safety when coming home from your errands? Click here for a doctor's checklist for when you leave the house.

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