Store shelves are empty, entire cities and countries on 24-hour lockdowns. It is an uneasy time to be out and about due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). With all that is going on in the world, and multiple media sources reporting on these occurrences, it can be difficult to understand what exactly is going on. The most important thing for individuals to do at this point is to take the proper precautions to keep ourselves and those around us as safe as possible. Here are a few key ways of doing that:
- KNOW HOW IT SPREADS- It is important to be aware of just how serious the virus is and how you can come in contact with it. COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person, meaning being as close as 6ft to someone carrying the virus can put you at risk.
- WASH YOUR HANDS- The C.D.C is recommending everyone washes their hands for at least 20 seconds (singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice) under warm water with antibacterial soap. If you’re tired of the “Happy Birthday” song, here’s a website that generates any song lyrics accompanied by instructions of washing your hands for a little extra spice in your life.
- HAND SANITIZER- It doesn’t need to be used constantly, just be mindful of using it if you aren’t near a sink or if you’re out and touching objects or surfaces.
- PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING- Increasing space between you and large crowds. For example staying away from concerts, festivals, large parties/ gatherings, etc. Keeping outings to a minimum and try only to go out if it is absolutely necessary.
- BE MINDFUL OF OTHERS- You may have contracted the virus without showing any signs and appear perfectly fine, others may not. It is important to be mindful of those with weak immune systems such as children and the elderly, as well as people who have or have had medical issues, as they are more likely to contract and be harmed by the virus.
- STAY CALM- It is important that we do not freak out. Yes, this virus is harmful to some, and yes it does spread very quickly. Following these guidelines will make the chances of contraction far less likely. attempt to enjoy time with family, and do your part to help prevent the spread.
All information and sources used from the official Centers for Disease Control and Preventions website. Use CDC.gov/ to find out more information and updates about the COVID-19. If you are showing any signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 please call your local Health Department for assistance and what steps to take next.