As we continue to try and push back against the spread of COVID-19, or the Corona Virus, there still has been a great deal of uncertainty in our community. While we do not know what the future holds in terms of a stop to the spread of COVID-19 or even a possible cure there is still much we can do to play our part during these uncertain times. Here are some tips that you can use and share to increase your overall health and help to prevent the further spread of the Corona Virus in our community.
As you most likely know by now, social distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social Distancing has certainly become a buzz word recently and with good reason. Social Distancing has proven to be the best method to slow the spread of the Corona Virus and “flatten the curve.” This means that the Corona Virus thrives when it can spread from person to person (via human contact or respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing), by limiting contact with each other we can not only increase the overall spread but also ensures we don’t have to take up more extreme measures like we have seen New York and other countries adopt. By slowing the spread of the virus, we make sure that those who are sick can receive the treatment they need. Please respect government officials and limit any unnecessary social contact.
Washing Your Hands
Seems simple but you would be surprised at what a little extra hand washing can do. To be specific we aren’t talking about a quick rinse or a fast wash either. By now, we have all heard the correct form for hand washing but we wanted to repeat it below verbatim from the CDC website:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Making sure that you wash your hand often with soap and water is a great way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (and just good hygiene). Wash your hands early and often as well after you cough or sneeze. Please also remember to cover your coughs with your elbow rather than your hand (sneezes too).
Social Distancing and frequent, correct hand washing are the two most often recommended and best methods for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Below are some other tips for staying healthy and slowing the spread of the Corona Virus.
It is never a bad idea to clean and disinfect your household. Now more than ever you should be practicing good health and keeping a clean disinfected home. Wiping down countertops, door handles, faucets, and other surfaces is a good way to kill germs and prevent the spread of disease.
Be Smart with Facemasks
The use of facemasks is probably the biggest misconception right now. Many people have been wearing facemasks whether they or sick or not. Those that are sick or those that are caring for the sick are the ones that need to be wearing facemasks. If you are not sick or caring for the sick you do not need to be wearing a mask. This is important because these facemasks are in short supply right now and the people that need them do not have access to them. If you practice social distancing and good hygiene you will be healthy without a mask.
If You Are Sick
Some people are still unsure of what to do if they are sick. The World Healthcare Organization (WHO) has stated that if you are sick there are a couple of things you should do. When first experiencing symptoms, make sure to call your doctor and see what medical advice he or she has. Often, they will suggest isolating yourself at home. If it is a mild case, COVID-19 can be managed from home. If you need medical treatment it is important to not take public transportation and to limit social contact as much as possible until you are seen by a physician.
Use these tips to help do your part as we all work to get through these uncertain times. We will get through this if we all do our part and continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.