By Mary Pletsch 14 Mar 2020 no comment 600 Views

Last week we talked about the number one way to reduce the spread of viruses:  by washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water.  Today we’ll share some more tips to help you to stay safe.

How often do you touch your face?  Once you start paying attention you may be surprised how often you do it during the course of the day.  Raising your hands to your face brings a virus that you’ve picked up on your hands into contact with vulnerable areas like your mouth, eyes and nose.  Practice awareness and minimize how often you touch your face.

When you need to bring your hands to your face – like eating a snack, or putting on your reading glasses – wash your hands first!

The World Health Organization recommends you keep a 1 meter (approximately 3 feet) distance from people who are sneezing or coughing.  This distance keeps you outside the average range of virus-containing droplets.

Use alcohol wipes to wipe down objects that people handle regularly.  Examples include your cell phone, keyboards and mice of shared computers, door knobs, door and drawer handles, railings…

Keep tissues on hand so they are conveniently available to cover a sneeze or cough.  Throw them away immediately afterwards.

Boost your immune system by eating nutritious food, getting a good night’s sleep, and exercising regularly.

What do you do if you’re already sick?

The symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing.  The World Health Organization recommends that you seek medical assistance promptly.  Call in advance—don’t just show up in a crowded emergency room.  Phoning will allow medical staff to guide you to a location where you can receive assistance while minimizing the risk of infecting others.

If you are sick with any viruses – no matter what virus it is – it’s best to stay home.

Staying home makes it harder for other people to come into contact with your virus.

Keeping two weeks worth of non-perishable food, prescription medications and household essentials like toilet paper on hand is a wise idea, even outside of cold and flu season.  There’s another advantage beyond having everything you need if you’re home sick.  You’ll also be prepared for storms, power outages and other natural events common in our region.

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