California has officially announced its first death due to Covid-19 aka the coronavirus. The virus continues to spread here in the east bay and local hospitals keep preparing to take in affected patients. With the virus spreading exponentially, it is especially important to practice good hygiene. Follow these practices to protect you and your community from getting sick.
1.Always wash your hands
Needless to say, this is one of the most important things you can do to avoid germs. It is advised to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Wash them after sneezing, coughing, shaking hands, going to the store, etc. When you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol until you can.
2. Don’t touch your face
On average, we touch our face over a dozen times each hour. If we touch germs from coronavirus, we are putting ourselves at high risk if we then touch our face, particularly our t-zone. The t-zone is where our facial mucous membranes are located.
3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
While it is currently recommended to seek medical attention if you feel sick, not everyone is going to. Therefore, people who come down with a cold or flu aren’t going to know if it is due to the coronavirus. In this case, it is better to be safe than sorry! Simply put, avoid spending time with people who feel under the weather.
4. If you feel sick, stay home and consult a doctor
Be proactive about your health and get checked out just in case. Anyone can be contagious even before they show symptoms, so if you are showing symptoms, the best thing you can do is consult a doctor. While it may be nerve-racking, you and your loved ones deserve a peace of mind.
5. Get your flu shot
While this may not prevent the coronavirus itself, getting immunized for influenza will help medical professionals focus on the patients who are more likely to be infected.
6. Avoid traveling
Many news reports state that bay area’s confirmed cases are people who had recently traveled overseas. With confirmed cases rising across the US, even the president has cancelled his most recent trip due to the coronavirus. If you have plans to travel in the near future, maybe it’s time to reconsider.
7. Avoid densely populated areas
Large group events and crowded public transportation may not be the healthiest place to occupy right now. If you can’t avoid these, make a mental note to wash up frequently and turn away from people who are coughing or sneezing.
8. Stay educated
Keep up with news reports on the coronavirus to stay informed on prevention tips, business interruptions and vaccine updates. On the flip side, watch out for misinformation! There will always be click-bait articles during times like this but don’t fall for it. Do your research, find trustworthy sources, then spread the word.