How To Protect Yourself From COVID-19
The spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 is an issue than needs to be taken seriously. Taking steps to protect yourself and others around you is the most important thing to do right now. So far, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and that’s why taking precautions is so important. Not only is your health at risk, but so is everyone you come into contact with. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk for developing serious complications from this disease. Below, we will discuss some of the ways you can help protect yourself from this highly contagious virus.
How Does it Spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person contact. This means being in close contact (within 6 feet) of a contagious person can put you at risk. The other way it is thought to spread is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If these droplets land near you where they can be inhaled into the lungs, you can be infected with the virus.
To protect your, wash your hands often with soap and water. You should continuously wash for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Your hand sanitizer should be at least 60% alcohol and you should rub your hands together until they feel dry. Letting your hands remain wet allows for more bacteria to grow. Of course, you should also avoid close contact with sick people. If you are in a community where the virus is spreading, be sure to distance yourself from others.
If you are sick, you should take some steps to protect others. Staying home, wearing a facemask, and covering your coughs and sneezes can greatly decrease the likelihood of you spreading the disease. Also, remember to clean and disinfect often. Most common household cleaners will work fine for disinfecting surfaces.
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