You may be wondering how you can help stop the spread of the new coronavirus and what the best steps to take are to protect yourself and your loved ones from the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some recommendations for you based on the latest information from the CDC and WHO.
Now more than ever, it is important to stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 and follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national or local public health authority to better protect yourself and others.
Wash your Hands Frequently
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to kill viruses that may be on your hands by washing them regularly with soap and water. If that is not available then clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub regularly and thoroughly.
Maintain Social Distancing
Proper social distancing dictates at least a meter or three feet of distance between yourself and anyone else. This is important because when someone coughs or sneezes, the small liquid droplets that spray from their mouth may contain virus. If the person has COVID-19, you can breathe in the droplets if you are too close and get sick.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Your hands may be contaminated from touching surfaces and picking up viruses. If contaminated, your hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth and subsequently enter your body and make you sick.
Practice Respiratory Hygiene
What does it mean to follow respiratory hygiene? This means covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then disposing of the used tissue immediately. If a tissue is not available you may use your bent elbow but a tissue is preferred.
Seek Medical Care Early If Needed
If you feel unwell, just stay home. If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your medical provider ahead of time to inform them of your symptoms and follow their directions. It’s very important to call ahead of time because this will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health care facility to protect you and those around you to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other viruses and infections.
Just remember, national and local authorities will have the most up to date information on COVID-19 in your area. They are the best source of information for you and those around you.
During this time, it’s important to stay home if you are able to and only go out for emergency situations until the imminent danger of the spread of the virus subsides.
More information from the World Health Organization
More information form the Center for Disease Control