The new coronavirus, or COVID-19, has taken the United States by storm. Unfortunately, we were admittedly unprepared to contain and mitigate the effects of the disease at first. However, there are still several things you can do to protect you, your family, and the general public from the virus. Some of those things are as follows:
- Regularly wash your hands, and ensure you do so for at least 20 seconds every time with warm, soapy water. This may seem obvious, however, it is your best line of defense. Hand sanitizer also works to kill the virus as well.
- Observe social distancing. Social distancing refers to staying at least 3 feet away from everyone you come in contact with. Additionally, though it may be difficult to do, it is strongly advised that you stay home and work remotely, if at all possible. Do not run the risk of coming into contact with someone who has the virus.
- If you have to cough or sneeze, ensure you do so into your elbow. Sneezing and coughing sprays germs into the air, and since coronavirus spreads by droplets, you must cover your nose or mouth as best as you can.
- Do not touch your face, as if you’ve touched the virus, it can enter your body through your mouth, eyes or nose.
- If you believe you may have coronavirus because you’re experiencing symptoms such as coughing, a fever, or difficulty breathing, you should immediately call your local health authority to learn more about the best way to proceed.
We understand how frightening life can be in the midst of a serious viral outbreak, however, we urge all members of our community to stay positive, safe, and strong.