Keeping COVID-19 Away
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to dominate headlines and make its way across the globe, one thing is top of mind for most of us: How can I prevent myself from getting it?
To this point, the World Health Organization advises the public to lean a bit further in on the typical precautions they should already be following to prevent communicable disease: wash your hands, keep your distance from big crowds, etc.
But let’s take a deeper dive on why this advice is so important.
Wash Your Hands
Sounds like common sense, right? But would you believe one in three Americans washes their hands after using the restroom? Yikes.
With viruses like COVID-19 spreading, it’s never been more important to wash your hands, and do it often. Use antibacterial soap or alcohol-based hand rubs to kill viruses that may live on your hands.
Stay Away From Your Face
Even if you’ve taken the cautious step of washing your hands, there’s still a possibility harmful bacteria could still be living on your hands. For that reason, it’s recommended that you make conscious efforts to not touch your face.
It’s estimated that people touch their face 23 times per hour, on average. Respiratory bacteria and viruses spread by entering your nose and mouth, and your hands are often the transportation that gets them there.
Keep Your Distance From Coughers/Sneezers
An errant sneeze or cough is one thing, but if someone is exhibiting chronic coughing or sneezing, you should keep at least three feet of distance between the two of you. This process is known as social distancing.
It’s essentially a form of soft, self-quarantine that isolates you from the person exhibiting those symptoms. And at that distance, airborne viruses and bacteria aren’t likely to reach you.
Seek Medical Care Early
If you’re experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, the earlier you can get to a doctor, the better. In fact, early detection has been noted a key contributing factor in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
This is especially true in the U.S., as the availability of healthcare and technological advancements of things like telemedicine have made identifying COVID-19 a bit easier than it has been elsewhere in the world.
All of these precautions, including steering clear of countries where the virus is most prevalent, will help prevent you from contracting COVID-19. You aren’t guaranteed to be clear of COVID-19 if you do all of these things, but in the famous words of Matthew McConaughey, “it’d be a lot cooler if ya did.”