If you're like me, you're probably confused about what has been happening in the world. A disease that was far from our vicinity, is now knocking at our front door.
The Corona Virus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that has infected multiple countries around the world. Although, this does sound scary (especially to me), there has been protocols put into place by officials in America and globally to help stop this disease from spreading any further.
First, I think all of us have to be cautious of what we put out and stereotype in this drastic situation. Yes, COVID-19 was first found in Wuhan, China but that does not allow us to be discriminatory against anyone who resonates with that place. We should be mindful of our words and try our best to keep each other in our thoughts as we all try to combat this virus.
Secondly, lets be mindful of the "fake news" that has been displayed all over social media. For some, these times are scary and it is best that we keep that in mind as we go forward.
The best way that we can keep each other safe is to follow the instructions that have been given to us from our officials and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between national sports associations cancelling events, schools closing, and people removed from work, it is imperative that we follow these instructions:
1. Avoid Contact With Sick People
Try to stay indoors and away from large gatherings. By doing this you protect yourself from receiving the virus or giving the virus to other people. Although you might not be sick, you could potentially be a carrier and pass it on to someone else!
2. Avoiding Touching Any Parts Of Your Face (eyes, nose, mouth) With Unclean Hands
I think it is best to not touch your face at all, but if you must make sure that your hands are sanitized. The CDC recommends that wash your hands with soap and water. If that is not available to you, hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol is best recommended.
3. Wash Your Hands For At LEAST One Minute
Please remember that there is a right way and wrong way to wash your hands. Washing your hands with HOT water and soap for one minute will help clean any bacteria that has resided on your hands.
I Am Sick... What Do I Do?
Between the winter season and all
allergy season rapidly approaching, you can easily get confused on whether or not you should self-quarantine or go to the hospital. Here are a couple symptoms to look out for.
3. Shortness of Breath
If you do feel sick it is recommended that you self-quarantine yourself for 14 days. Staying indoors will prevent you from spreading the disease to others. Covering your coughs and sneezes are another strategy to prevent yourself from spreading the disease. In addition to that, wiping down objects and surfaces will help kill bacteria cells.
These are scary times, but we can help prevent the spread by taking care of our bodies and practicing healthy hygiene habits. Continue to protect yourself and others. Hopefully soon things will be better. Until then we can only follow instruction and wish for the best.
For more information on the COVID-19, go to www.cdc.gov