Healthy Tips on How to Avoid the Risk of Infection

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing), and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but simple disinfectants can kill it. Here are four precautions you can take to help you and your family avoid the risk of infection.

1 | AVOID

Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.

We’ve heard a lot about social distancing lately.  It’s a pretty vague term, but it’s also an important step in fighting the spread of the coronavirus, and it starts with one simple rule: Try to keep some space between you and other people.  Specifically, about six feet of space. Health officials say that's how far coronavirus can travel through droplets from coughs and sneezes that generally spread the disease. And that's why events — from NBA games to concerts and conferences — have all been canceled.  This is "social distancing" and it's increasingly becoming a core part of policies to contain the virus as governments actually take the step of banning large gatherings of people. Watch this video to learn ways to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

2 | KEEP CLEAN

Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water, for 20 seconds or more.

If soap and water aren’t readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Respiratory viruses spread when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat. Most often, this happens through your hands. Hands are also one of the most common ways that the virus spreads from one person to the next.  During a global pandemic, one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  Watch this video to learn more about proper handwashing. 

3 | DISINFECTANT

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

 Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.  Use household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. For complete CDC Disinfection Guidance visit this link.

4 | SYMPTOMS AWARE

Be aware of the symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal.   These symptoms are similar to the flu (influenza) or the common cold, which are a lot more common than novel coronavirus. This is why testing is required to confirm if someone has novel coronavirus. It’s important to remember that key prevention measures are the same – frequent hand washing, and respiratory hygiene (cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw away the tissue into a closed bin). Also, there is a vaccine for the flu – so remember to keep yourself and your child up to date with vaccinations

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