The Coronavirus may have started in China, but now it’s currently taking the entire world by storm.
While it may seem a bit frightening and worrisome, the good news is that you can do some things on your own to promote stopping the spread of this dangerous virus.
Read on to discover some actionable tips that will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
1. Practice Social Distancing
The term “social distancing” is now a household phrase, but it’s really important to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay at least six feet or more apart from other people, particularly when standing in lines or walking in public places.
Another way you can practice social distancing is simply by staying home. As cases of COVID-19 increase, hospitals are quickly getting overwhelmed. You can help slow things down by avoiding contact with others.
When you stay at home and reduce your chances of contracting the virus, you’re helping to flatten the curve. This means if enough people stay home, it will eventually lower the number of people who test positive for the virus. Try to quarantine yourself and your family at home for the time advised by local and national government officials.
Avoid large crowds, and stop using public transportation whenever possible. The more you socially distance yourself from others, the more you can help to prevent the spread of the virus from increasing.
2. Stopping the Spread Through Hand-Washing
It’s common knowledge that washing your hands is a good hygienic practice. However, with the presence of the coronavirus, this simple act is more important than ever before.
You should wash your hands with a quality soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Make sure you scrub the front and back of your hand as well as in between your fingers before you rinse.
Wash your hands before and after touching any packaging, and after touching any surface in a public area. The same applies before and after eating, and after using the restroom.
Teach your children the same hand-washing habits so that everyone in your family stays safe. Not only is washing your hands better for your health, but it’s also a good way to contribute to stopping the spread of COVID-19 (and other viruses, too).
3. Disinfect Surfaces
Since the Coronavirus can survive for hours or even days on a variety of surfaces, it’s important to practice disinfecting anything you touch. Wipe down kitchen counters, faucet handles, cabinet hardware, and your refrigerator door handle using a disinfecting spray or wipe.
You should practice disinfecting measures any time you come home from being outdoors, or any time you’ve touched a piece of mail or a package. Wipe down food containers you get from the grocery store since it’s probably passed through several hands before it reaches your home.
To remove germs effectively, vacuum and mop all floors in your home thoroughly. You can also remove your shoes and leave them at the door before entering your home so you don’t carry any germs inside that you may have picked up on your feet.
You don’t need to spend all your free time cleaning and disinfecting your home. However, a few good safety measures can ensure that every surface inside your home is free of any unwanted germs and bacteria.
4. Know the Symptoms
One actionable way you can help to stop the spread of Coronavirus is to follow the latest news and know the symptoms. Depending on your age and any underlying health conditions, symptoms may vary.
In general, if you start to notice a dry cough or you have a fever, you may be sick with COVID-19. Other common symptoms include fatigue, loss of taste and smell, a sore throat, headache, and digestive issues in some patients.
If you think you may have contracted Coronavirus, call your local healthcare provider immediately. Do not go to a clinic or emergency room for assistance or for treatment unless you’re instructed otherwise.
When you call, make sure you tell the person you speak to all of your symptoms in detail. If they suspect you may have COVID-19, they will schedule you for testing. In order to protect others and stop the spread, avoid going into a healthcare facility unless you’re advised to do so.
5. Be Considerate of Others
Another way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to simply be aware of other people’s needs and to practice common courtesy. Since the germs are spread via coughing and sneezing, always use your elbow instead of sneezing or coughing into your hands.
Carry tissue with you, and cover your nose and mouth if you need to sneeze or cough. Dispose of used tissue in a responsible manner and never litter or leave it sitting somewhere.
A combination of social distancing, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, and buying only what you need will help ensure that this pandemic is less severe. Check on friends and neighbors and try to help others in any way you can.
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
With these simple tips, you can help with stopping the spread of Coronavirus to others. Practice good hygiene, wash hands regularly, and always sneeze or cough into your elbow if you’re not social distancing.
Stay away from crowds, and avoid going to the emergency room or hospital without calling first for testing if you think you may have Coronavirus.
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