As news coverage of the coronavirus continues, you may be worried about how to protect yourself from getting sick.
While worrying won’t help anything, there are several things you can do to help prevent the spread of germs and sickness.
Know the facts:
- It’s easy to fall down the social media rabbit hole and click stories about the outbreak. Arm yourself against mis-information by visiting the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for up-to-date details.
Disinfect and disinfect some more:
- That kitchen counter, every doorknob you turn – don’t get me started on the family shared iPad. Cleaning frequently touched surfaces is a good idea regardless of flu season and the coronavirus.
Do my hair toss, wash my hands
- Scrub your hands, including the backs, in between fingers and under the nails, for at least 20 seconds. Does counting out 20 seconds bore you? Try singing some of these lyrics that are perfectly timed.
Hands off your face
- Remember that iPad everyone had their hands on? Germs from that surface stay on your hands and fingertips and can spread to your nose, eyes and mouth.
- If you’re looking for a reason to stay away from other people – it’s important now more than ever. Avoiding crowds like sporting events, concerts and big meetings are a good idea, work from home if you’re able to do so.
Call the doctor
- If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call before heading into the doctor’s office to help prevent spreading or picking up germs.