Coronavirus (CoV) continues to spread everyday in all 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 precautions like washing your hands, covering your coughs and staying home if you feel sick. This virus spreads thru droplets from coughs and sneezes from an infected person. So precautions would be similar to when your trying to avoid the flu.
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.
NY Department of Health:
Corona Virus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065