By David DeMoss
While there has been some talk about the creation of a vaccine for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), testing is still in the works and it won’t be scheduled to be released for quite some time. In the meantime, there are preventative measures that you can take to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe during this epidemic.
The Coronavirus is mainly spread from person-to-person, either when people are in close contact with one another or through the spread of respiratory droplets produced by an infected person. Use these tips from the CDC below to protect yourself and others.
1. Wash Your Hands Frequently
Making sure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — especially after being in a public place or after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze — is a good way to prevent germs from spreading. If you don’t have access to soap and water, apply a hand sanitizer to your hands that has at least 60% alcohol and rub it in until they feel dry. It’s also recommended to avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose while your hands are dirty.
2. Avoid Close Contact
If possible, try to avoid close contact (within 6 feet of each other) with anyone who is sick, and try to distance yourself from others when out in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is especially important when it comes to those who are more susceptible, such as older adults or those with a serious medical condition.
3. Stay Home if You Get Sick
If you do get sick, staying home (unless you need medical care) is the best thing you can do to keep others safe. If you are sick, wear a face mask when around others, wash your hands frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, sanitize your living area daily, and try to avoid sharing personal household items such as dishware, bedding, or towels.
Note: You do NOT need to wear a face mask if you are not sick, unless you are caring for someone who is.
4. Disinfect Surfaces Frequently
It’s recommended to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least once a day. These surfaces can include tables, countertops, keyboards, phones, doorknobs, faucets, etc.
To clean, wipe the surfaces with a detergent or soap and water. After you’ve cleaned, then disinfect either using an EPA-registered household disinfectant, diluted household bleach (5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water), or an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol.