Coronavirus – How to keep safe, spot warning signs and What to do if you suspect you might be infected
Coronavirus is all over the news lately, but it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction as you listen to commentators and read articles online. While knowledge is certainly power, you must have the truth if you hope to stay safe from this virus while also keeping family, friends and neighbors healthy as well. Use these tips and helpful hints that come straight from such sources as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to understand this virus and how it could affect you.
Tips for Staying Safe from Coronavirus
Right now, the best ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the coronavirus, also called COVID-19, are to practice good hygiene and social distancing. Good hygiene should be focused on regular and thorough hand-washing, which has actually been shown to be more effective than hand sanitizer. However, hand sanitizer can be used in a pinch or when washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is not possible. Other good hygiene techniques according to the CDC include giving up shaking hands, refraining from touching your face, covering your coughs and sneezes and regularly disinfecting high touch surfaces, such as doorknobs and desks.
Recommendations for social distancing are changing all the time, and it is always best to follow the guidelines put in place by your local health department or by your state. However, at this time, the CDC recommends having groups of no more than 50 in a room at one time. The White House recommends limiting this number to 10 for the next two weeks. In addition, when you are in a public space, be sure to put at least 3 to 6 feet of space between you and the next individual