We are all in a crazy frenzy about the coronavirus. This is what is mainly being talked about in schools, on the news, and on the radio. Here are 10 very important steps to take to protect yourself and most importantly your family from this virus:
1-Clean your hands often:
Make sure to wash your hands with plenty of soap and water for roughly 20 seconds. It is important to scrub in between your fingers were bacteria can also be trapped. Kids can be taught to sing the “Happy Birthday song” or ABC’s while washing their hands to ensure accurate time washing.
2-Use hand Sanitizer:
Since hand sanitizer is composed of 60% alcohol, this can kill a lot of germs that are in your hands. This step is important to follow when you have school aged kids. Throughout the day, kids in school are touching plenty of surfaces and through the use of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and spray this could eliminate the airborne germs lingering through the air.
3-Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth:
This can be a tricky step to follow with the little ones. They don’t know the full importance of not putting their hands in their mouth and all the germs that can transfer.
4-Seek Medical help immediately:
If you feel you have the symptoms of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, as also referred, seek medical help.
If you are feeling sick, and have already received medical attention,refrain from crowded places and close contact to other people. Staying home is the best remedy where you can relax and let your body rest.
6-Cover your sneezes and coughs:
This might be the most important tip so far. When we sneeze or cough, we need to cover our mouths and nose with a tissue and immediately discard in the trash, followed by washing your hands. If no tissue is available, the next best option is your elbow.
7-Clean and disinfect surfaces:
There are surfaces that need to be disinfected thoroughly and constantly. For example: light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, faucets, sinks. According to the CDC, regular household dissenfectants work great. If you don’t have that at hand, a bleach and water dissolvent will work as well.
If you are healthy and do not have a compromised immune system, there is no need to be wearing face masks. Unfortunately, there has been a high demand in purchasing and uptaining face masks which in reality are not needed unless you are in close contact with somebody that is contaminated or like mentioned before, have any underlying health issues. For example: cancer, lung disease, etc. The virus has also showed that people over the age of 60 are at a higher risk.
9-Avoid traveling to high risk areas:
There are main countries that have been flagged as high risk places to travel, due to the increase in cases. They are: Wuhan China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. If you have traveled to these countries or know someone that has, the best thing would be to self-quarantine, or isolate yourself (Step 5) from the population.
10-Follow reliable sources:
The best way to avoid misinformation and to educate yourself appropriately is to follow the advice from reliable sources. In this case, the CDC and WHO. We live in a world where social media is predominate and this can lead to misinformation very fast. This misinformation causes people to get in a crazy frenzy.