COVID-19: How You Can Stay Safe!
It’s everywhere, and unfortunately, it is most certainly unavoidable for some – we’re talking about COVID-19.
Every news channel, radio station, and social media platform is consumed with constant news and updates all revolving around this new strain of the coronavirus. In times like these, it’s crucial for everyone to avoid the desire to panic, and instead become informed – informed on how to stay safe, informed on how to keep your family safe, as well as how to keep others safe until everything is finally normal again, as we know it to be.
Currently, scientists have said that there is still a lot to learn about how this particular strain of the coronavirus behaves.
It can be transmitted from person to person but, it can also live upon various different surfaces – in your home, office, or business.
About 80% percent of the cases are mild – with fever, and cough, as prominent symptoms. However, in some cases, most notably in people ages 60 and over, those symptoms can quickly become fatal.
With the recent news about schools, restaurants, movie theaters, bars and the like being closed – and public events becoming limited or outright canceled (NBA, NHL, etc) Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban wanted to take time to compile some helpful tips on how we can all stay safe, and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
(The below is per the CDC and the Red Cross, to guarantee that we are not giving out any false or incorrect information to the public.)
How Do I Keep My Home Safe?
Your home is the epicenter of your life, and in a time like this, it’s quite important to make sure that it’s a place you that can rely on for not only cleanliness but also peace of mind. Here are some tips on how to keep your household safe, and how to reduce the spread of this virus amongst your family members:
- Clean your hands at the door, and at regular periods of time throughout the day.
- Be mindful of not touching your face or the face of another person.
- Disinfect tables, doorknobs, handrails and the like properly.
- Increase your in-home ventilation accordingly.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds – if not longer.
- Guarantee you have at least a 30-day supply of any essential prescription medications.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick.
If you live in a household with an elderly person, or somebody that may be at risk for developing this virus, make sure that any of the ‘healthy’ people within the home are being mindful when they conduct themselves around those with a potentially compromised immune system.
Creating a ‘safe space‘ for any individuals who are at risk, so that they do not become infected by simply sharing the same home, is also something to consider, and it may greatly reduce the chance of any virus transmission.
Key Facts About COVID-19
What Is It? Where Did It Start?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus and it was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What Are The Symptoms?
COVID-19 patients have expressed mild to severe respiratory illness with underlying symptoms like, but not limited to the following:
- Shortness of Breath
Is There A Vaccine?
No, there is currently no vaccine known of.
How Many People Have Been Affected?
As of March 15th, 2020 there have been more than 182,000 people have been infected across over 80 countries worldwide.
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