When dealing with the increasing concern over COVID-19 (coronavirus), the best advice coming from the experts is “Don’t panic, but do think about high-risk individuals and stay home if you feel ill.”
Even if you feel healthy, you should observe all recommended precautions, including:
- Wash your hands frequently. If soap isn’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid large groups of people.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Don’t shake hands – instead bump fists or elbows.
- When possible, increase distance between people to at least six (6) feet.
- Reconsider attending public gatherings or taking a trip (follow CDC travel guidelines)
- Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places if school is closed
Full details and instructions can be found at Steps to Prevent Illness on the CDC website.