While this is an immigration blog, we still take the health of our site visitors into consideration. With the outbreak of the new Corona virus, the spread of COVID-19, and news of how people respond changing every day, it can be difficult to keep track of the latest information.
According to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, there have been at least 3,813 known cases of the virus causing COVID-19, causing at least 69 known deaths, in the United States.
Proper hand washing and maintaining social distances by avoiding large gatherings and close contact with the sick are two of the simplest ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, health officials say.
Here are other tips for protecting yourself and your loved ones, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Wash your hands frequently and properly
Wet your hands, scrub everywhere (even under your nails) with soap for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry thoroughly with a clean cloth.
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If you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer works, but the CDC and WHO recommend the former.
Maintain social distance by avoiding close contact
Stay at least 3 feet from someone who is sick. The virus can be spread through respiratory droplets, which are easy to inhale if you are close to someone who has the COVID-19 virus and is coughing.
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If the Corona virus, COVID-19 is spreading in your community, put distance between yourself and others. The CDC recommends that large gatherings of 50 or more people be postponed or canceled for the next eight weeks.
Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose, and mouth.
It’s easy to touch a surface that may be contaminated with the virus and then unknowingly touch your face. The virus can move from your hands to your nose and mouth and then enter your body and make you sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze
Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose as you cough and sneeze, then throw it away. Wash your hands immediately afterwards. You can also cough or sneeze in the elbow. This helps prevent the spread of respiratory droplets to those in close contact with you.
Wear a mask if you are sick
While the CDC states that healthy people don’t need to wear a mask, people who are sick and others should. A mask can help stop the spread of respiratory droplets. If you’re sick and a mask makes it hard for you to breathe, the CDC says that’s when a healthy person around you should wear a mask.
Stay home if you are sick
If your illness is mild, limit when and where to leave the house. If you need to see your doctor, call ahead. If you have other people living with you, try staying in a room. Also, don’t share common household items.
If you have to leave your home for any reason, wear a mask. Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated areas, and any non-essential travel. Corona Virus has no respect for anyone.
Manage your symptoms and stay home until a doctor tells you you can go.
Extracted from: USA Today