The Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak began late last year in Wuhan, China and has since spread to many other countries, including the United States. While the situation is still evolving, health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that the spread of the virus is inevitable—it's not a question of if, but when. There will be more cases of coronavirus. Protecting yourself against this imminent threat is vital.
5 Preventive Actions for Coronavirus
1. Wash your hands
Wash your hands with soap and water throughout the day. This is a simple step, but one that most people don't do properly. Be sure to scrub the front and back of your hands for at least 20 seconds. Singing a catchy tune like “Baby Shark” once through before rinsing will ensure that you're doing it right. If you can't wash your hands, then you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a second option.
2. Cover your cough
Help prevent the spread of disease by covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw the tissue away immediately after use. If you don't have a tissue, then use the crook in your arm or upper sleeve to cover your mouth and nose—don't use your hands. Using your hands can spread the germs to other surfaces and other people.
3. Avoid touching your face
People unconsciously and frequently touch their faces throughout the day. Unfortunately, this is an open invitation for the viruses and bacteria on the hands to enter the body via the mouth, eyes, and nose.
Imagine a toilet seat in a public bathroom...now think about rubbing your hands all over it. Gross, right? Well, in terms of the number of germs, your keys, cell phone, computer keyboard, purse straps, and door handles are likely worse! Make sure you properly clean these commonly touched items and surfaces with either rubbing alcohol or a disinfectant spray.
5. Social Distancing
Avoid areas were a lot of people may congregate especially enclosed spaces. Try not to touch other people. This means you should give up handshakes and instead opt for the fist bump or elbow touch to greet others. If you're sick, stay home and avoid contact with other people.
Your immune system takes care of you...help take care of it!
Coronavirus is spread person-to-person through respiratory droplets that are expelled by coughs and sneezes. The severity of symptoms of coronavirus varies and depends on a number of factors, including age, underlying health conditions, and, critically, immuno-functioning.
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