With the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we must use preventive measures, proactively, to avoid the illness.
Coronavirus Prevention Steps and Tips From the CDC
This information has been drawn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
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With the spread of Coronavirus, COVID-19, we must use preventive measures, proactively, to avoid the illness.
The CDC has simple preventive measures to help avoid catching or spreading this virus.
The following are the CDC’s recommendations for preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, as well as common colds and flus.
6 CDC Recommendations for Coronavirus
Avoid Close Contact
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Increase your distance. If possible, stay at least 6 feet away from those who may possess cold or flu-like symptoms, or who have recently been exposed to any sickness.
Avoid Touching Your Face
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoiding facial contact lessens the potential spread of most viruses, COVID-19 included, and can significantly decrease a person’s chances of catching the virus.
Keeping your hands away from your face is of utmost importance. Therefore, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
If Sick, Stay Home
3. Stay home when you are sick
No employer or friend wants you around if you are sick.
If you are not well, stay home, except to get medical care.
This is best for you as well as those around you.
Cover Your Mouth
4. Cover your cough and sneeze.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, not your hand. Once used, immediately dispose of the tissue. Do not place it inside your pocket or purse.
Clean and Disinfect
5. Clean and disinfect frequently.
Here are a few quick tips we do not typically consider when going about our day.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. These might include: door handles, coffee makers, computer screens and keyboards, iPhones, iPads, car steering wheels, and TV remotes.
When inside an elevator, refrain from holding onto the handrails if possible. Press floor buttons with your knuckle, and quickly disinfect your hands with spray or a wipe.
When riding an escalator, avoid holding the rail if at all possible. However, safety is important, so if you need the assistance of a rail, hold on but quickly clean and disinfect your hands as soon as possible.
Wash Your Hands
6. Wash your hands often.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially: after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Always wash your hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.
Remember these five simple and effective steps when washing your hands: Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry.
You have probably heard a lot about the use of facemasks.
The CDC has a few recommendations:
The CDC does not recommend the use of a mask if you are not sick.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
The use of facemasks is also crucial for health care workers, and people who are taking care of someone in close settings; such as at home or in a health care facility.
We hope this learning event has been informative and beneficial to you.
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