Safety Precautions for COVID-19

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It’s difficult to predict when the coronavirus will be fully contained. It is spreading at alarming rates around the globe. At the moment, there are approximately 266,073 cases globally with 11,184 confirmed deaths in 169 countries, according to the CDC.

In every community, people are concerned. They want to stay safe but most of us need to go about our daily lives. And that can mean going to a job, the grocery store, the doctor’s office, the gas station and many other places. Some of us have to travel for our jobs. Many of us like to eat out at different times during the week. So is it still safe to do these things?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are recommending that we all practice social distancing. This means that if at all possible, avoid contact with others. Many school districts across America have shut down for now and kids are being homeschooled. Since quite a few businesses have also been temporarily shut down, parents are now home with their kids and we’re all learning how to manage our new paradigm.

Do’s and Don’ts for COVID-19
The virus is most often spread by human contact. Many studies have shown that it is transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets. For instance, you’re standing in the line at a grocery store and someone behind you coughs that has the illness. To eliminate situations like this, it may be best to have groceries delivered to your door. In some areas now, they’ve instituted something called “no contact deliveries.” This simply means that a delivery person will leave your things at the door. This can be the safest way to avoid interacting with someone that may be ill.

What Are The Symptoms?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to that of someone with a cold or the flu. You may have a runny nose, aches and pains, nasal congestion, diarrhea, tiredness or a fever. Symptoms usually begin mildly and gradually increase. About 80% of those infected will recover from the illness without requiring any special treatment. One in six people will become seriously ill. Those who are older or have underlying medical problems may be at higher risk. If you’re showing symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away.

How to Stay Safe
The World Health Organization is recommending that we wash our hands often. It’s also important not to touch your face. If you’re out in public and unable to wash your hands immediately, then clean your hands with an alcohol-based rub and wash them as soon as possible. Always avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.

The coronavirus can survive on surfaces for a period of time. This may be from a few hours to several days depending upon the temperature, the surface itself and the environment.

Miscellaneous Information
The World Health Organization recommends staying at least 3 feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid traveling to places that have experienced higher numbers of cases. If you’re having symptoms, then self-isolate. If you need to see your doctor, be sure to call them and let them know that you’re coming and that you are having symptoms so they can be prepared.
Stay Informed!

The COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly and that means that information changes almost daily. Stay up-to-date on what is going on in your neighborhood by tuning into local channels or visiting their website. Follow the advice of your local medical professionals and your state and local officials.

Some areas have restricted public gatherings to no more than 10 people. They have also ordered all nonessential businesses to close down. It’s important to know and follow the instructions. In most places, grocery stores and pharmacies are still open. So far, there have not been any reported cases of pets being contaminated.

Use common sense. We can all get through this if we listen to and follow the advice of our local officials and use a bit of common sense. Remember that your body’s immune system works best when you maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Eat right, get plenty of sleep, drink water and exercise.