Simple Things You Can Do To Stay Safer From Colds, Flu, And Coronavirus
With the news about coronavirus (COVID-19) constantly airing on television, all over social media, and in the papers, it’s understandable that parents are alarmed.
New cases are being reported daily, and it feels like there’s nothing we can do.
Panicking and stressing out aren’t useful reactions. A better idea is to protect yourself and your family the best way you can, by following these tips below.
It’s always important to wash your hands, but even more so when there’s an outbreak of some sort.
Using soap and warm water is most effective. Scrub for 20 seconds at least, getting between fingers and beneath the nails.
If you can’t access running water, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the next best thing. It should contain at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid Touching Common Surfaces
When doable, avoid railings, doorknobs, elevator buttons, and the like. This isn’t always possible, so follow tip #1 afterwards.
Stay Away From Sick People
If someone is sick, keep your distance. And if you’re not feeling well, stay home. Cough and sneeze into the nook of your elbow rather than into your hands so you don’t pass along as many germs.
No Handshakes Or High Fives
Wave to friends and neighbors rather than extending a hand. Kissing on the cheek can be replaced with a welcoming smile.
Avoid Large Crowds
The more people in one area, the greater chance that someone among the group is sick.
Listen to the news and discuss concerns with your doctor. Being in-the-know is a strong defense.
Remember, most healthy people will be just fine this season. Just keep yourself protected by empowering yourself with healthy habits and follow instructions from officials and professionals.
See more details here on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.
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By: Melissa A. Kay