There are still many things about the coronavirus that are unknown, but based on the research that is being conducted and what we know about other coronaviruses, there are a few pieces of advice that the CDC recommends we all follow to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Simple changes to your lifestyle and daily habits can make a big difference when it comes to flattening the curve and reducing the spread of coronavirus.
Sanitize Your Hands & Home
If you are self-isolating at home, you may not have to increase the number of times you wash your hands and clean common living areas. Still, it’s never a bad idea to frequently wash your hands and clean things that are touched frequently, like doorknobs, light switches, and cellphones. Washing your hands with regular soap and water for at least twenty seconds breaks down and removes coronavirus cells and other germs. The CDC also has a step-by-step guide on how to clean different household items to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
Keep Your Distance
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus is by staying home, especially if you are experiencing any symptoms that could be coronavirus related. However, most people need to leave their homes at some point for food or medicine, in which case the recommended protocol is to try and leave at least six feet of distance between yourself and people who you don’t live with. If you aren’t wearing a mask, sneezing or coughing into your elbow helps prevent the spread of germs, even if you are more than six feet away from someone else. Reducing the number of times that you leave your house helps to keep you and others safe.
Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask may not protect you from the coronavirus, but it does protect others from catching the virus from you. Because coronavirus carriers can be asymptomatic, wearing a mask while running errands and performing daily tasks outside of the house can make a huge difference when it comes to preventing the spread of coronavirus. Wearing a mask also greatly reduces how far a cough or sneeze can travel in the air, so it’s especially helpful to wear a mask if you have to be in a semi-crowded area where it’s not always easy to remain six feet apart from others. If you can’t obtain a medical or cloth mask, using a bandana or T-shirt can also work well.
For more information about COVID-19 precautions, please refer to the CDC’s official website.