Even several months into the pandemic, you may be wondering what precautions you can take to help slow the spread of an outbreak in your community, or in other words, how can you prevent coronavirus near you. Consider the following information on the best ways to help protect yourself and family from Covid 19. The research below has been sourced from various medical groups and written by The Advocates law firm.
How to Prevent Coronavirus in Idaho
Like most respiratory infections, Covid 19 spreads from person to person through small respiratory droplets when an individual coughs or exhales. Following the basic steps below can not only protect you from getting sick, it can also help stop the virus from spreading to others.
1. Frequently Wash Your Hands
According to Healthline.com, buying soap and washing your hands is one of the most crucial steps to help prevent coronavirus. Dr. Michael Ison, an infectious disease physician at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, said, “For preparation, I think the most important thing is to make sure they have enough soap — and that can be plain old bar soap to wash their hands on a regular basis.”
2. Avoid Close Contact with Strangers
Whether you’re riding public transportation or standing in line at a grocery store, you should always be mindful of your surroundings and how close you are to other people. The sad truth is that people don’t cover their noses and mouths as much as they should when they sneeze and cough. You can prevent coronavirus today by creating space between yourself and those around you.
3. Wear a Face Mask Wherever You Go
At this point, you should be wearing a face mask anytime you leave your home. Studies have shown that Covid 19 can live on surfaces for more than 7 days and survive in the air for 3 hours. A face mask can go a long way to protect you from inhaling germs from other people, as well as protect others in case you have been infected with the virus and aren’t showing any symptoms.
4. Use Hand Sanitizer Often
Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Two novelty items that have become the two needles in a haystack in most stores. The thing is, you don’t need to stockpile disinfectants, but you should sanitize your hands as often as possible. The best time to sanitize is right after you leave the grocery store or gas station before you get into your car.
5. Don’t Touch Your Face
Healthcare professionals from around the world are asking people to do this one thing: stop touching your face. According to the APIC, we touch our faces around 23 times an hour. That’s more than 550 times a day! One of the best ways to prevent coronavirus from spreading, or the spread of any infection, is to keep your hands away from your nose, eyes and mouth.
6. Seek Out Medical Care if You Feel Unwell
While being only a state away from the country’s epicenter (Seattle), you may be wondering if your cold or flu symptoms are, in fact, Covid 19. If you have a fever, a cough, shortness of breath of are in a high-risk group (see list below), you should call your doctor and seek medical care right away.
7. Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes
One of the easiest ways to prepare for coronavirus is by covering up your coughs and sneezes. Coughing and sneezing is a leading factor to the spread of any respiratory disease. Use a tissue or the crook of your elbow instead of your hand or straight into the air.
8. Self-Quarantine if You Become Infected
Unfortunately, if you become infected the best thing you can do for yourself and those around you is speak to a medical doctor right away and self-quarantine. If you know you’re going to be around someone who is infected, stock up on food and water supplies in advance.
9. Clean Frequently Used Surfaces
This is a big one. Covid 19 can survive on surfacesfor more than a week. Use disinfectant wipes to clean frequently used surfaces at home, at work and even on public transportation.
10. Get Tested if Possible
Since we are at the height of flu season, having any symptoms similar to COVID-19 may raise some concerns. If you have a dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, or are listed in one of the hish-risk groups below, you should speak to your medical provider as soon as possible to get tested for coronavirus
Who is at High-Risk for Coronavirus?
While anyone can get coronavirus, there are certain groups who are at a much higher risk of contracting the disease. The following people are at high-risk for getting Covid 19:
- People who are 60 years and older
- People with weakened immune systems
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic medical illnesses
If you or a loved one fall under one of the categories above, you should try yo prevent coronavirus as best as you can. Continue washing your hands, stay away from sick people and make sure you have enough supplies and medications to last you several weeks.