Coronavirus (CoV) continues to spread everyday in places like China and other parts of the world. Causing worry and concern more and more everyday. As we continue to wait patiently for a cure or vaccination, our greatest weapon continues to be simple practices like washing your hands, face masks and proper treatment and washing of foods products.
According to the World Health Organization, Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.(1)
The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends everyday actions we can take to prevent the further spread of diseases and common illnesses. The following list includes:(2)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV.
- Facemask should be used by people who show symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often 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 not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
As we continue to learn more we urge you to stay safe and practice safe hygiene. Also remember to get your flu shots and vaccinations to prevent illness or the spread of other common viruses.