During the outbreak of COVID-19, you might enter a state of panic and worry. It’s important to maintain strong communication and bonds with each other. Managing the stress can keep us sane during these chaotic times. Participating in social distancing and maintaining a cleaning routine should reduce the risk of contagion. Do your part and stay home if possible.

Why take so much precaution? COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes through respiratory droplets. Having a fever, cough and shortness of breath while infected with COVID-19 are the most common symptoms. You may be contagious to others before developing symptoms, which is why staying home now and limiting exposure to ANYONE else is the safest course of action. This virus has spread globally from its origin in Wuhan, China. The virus can lead to a community spread in your neighborhood. A cluster are people who have been infected with the virus in an identifiable area, including those who are asymptomatic. The best way to avoid catching or spreading the virus is by staying home. 

To relieve some of the feeling of being cooped up you can exercise and enjoy the outdoors in wide open spaces. Avoid large groups of ten or more people, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, (Click here to see some ways to sing or hum along while hand-washing), and keep a distance of six feet between you and others.

The best way to prevent the illness from spreading is to avoid being exposed to it. To take extra precaution here are three tips to protect yourself:

 

Tip #1- Clean your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds long. Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose. After being out in public, immediately wash your hands once you get home.

 

Tip #2- Carry hand sanitizer with you just in case you do not have access to running water and soap. The hand sanitizer must have at least 70% alcohol in it. 

Tip #3- Do not touch your face. Another way that you can become contaminated with COVID-19 is by touching an infected surface or object then touching your face. This is where hand washing is imperative. For more information, go to this link: “How to Prepare”.