As the number of cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 rises, many of us are asking how we can best protect ourselves. Being that there is currently no vaccine to aid in the prevention of this disease; each of us should take a few simple steps every day to lower our chances of contracting it. The best way to stop sickness is to avoid exposure to the virus. Additionally, the CDC recommends a few simple daily prevention steps to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases such as this.
**These suggestions come directly from the CDC. Please refer to their website for any further inquiries.
- Stay away from those that are sick if possible.
- Try not to touch your face, nose, or mouth.
- If you become sick, stay at home.
- Use a tissue to cover your cough or sneeze and then throw it immediately in the trash.
- Keep frequently touched objects and surfaces clean and disinfected by using cleaning spray or wipes. Some of these areas may include tabletops, doorknobs, light switches etc.
- The CDC does not recommend that well people use facemasks, but does note that those who are sick should be using them to help stop the spread of the virus.
- Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds. Do this especially after bathroom breaks, before eating, and after encountering personal bodily fluids (ie blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing).
- If soap and water are not at your disposal, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has a minimum of 60% alcohol.
- Identify a room of the house, as well as a bathroom that can be utilized in case someone becomes ill.
**At Work or School
- Encourage your children to understand if their school or college has an action plan should the virus become present.
- Just as students should be aware of action plans at school, those in the workforce should be prepared for changes that may be instated in their workplace.
- Follow the same rules for washing your hands and using hand sanitizer as you would at home.
- Limit your contact with others. Stay home if you or your children become sick.
- Consider when you will be traveling. If it is months in advance, you may want to wait to make any final decisions.
- Contact your airline to see if services are running as usual.
- Keep in touch with your travel advisor to stay updated on news alerts and possible changes to your itinerary.
- Review your travel protection plan as some situations may be covered. It’s important to consider the benefits of your plan before jumping to conclusions about what to do for your upcoming travel. Visit our website for more information.
- ** Practice the above prevention methods
US citizens should begin preparing themselves in the event that the coronavirus becomes present in their community. This preparation should be both a collective and individual effort. Make yourself aware of local news as frequently as possible. This continuous awareness can greatly aid in slowing the spread of this virus.