How to Protect Yourself From COVID-19

BY FIRST FAMILY INSURANCE March 30, 2020
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There are three important things you need to know in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Knowing how the virus spreads, knowing how to protect yourself, and knowing how to protect others. In this article, we will provide information given to the public by the CDC
 

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

Take steps to protect yourself

 

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Avoid close contact

 

Take steps to protect others

 

  1. Stay home if you're sick

 

 

2. Cover coughs and sneezes

 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

3. Wear a facemask if you are sick

 

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider's office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

 

4. Clean and disinfect

 

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

 

  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

 

To disinfect:


Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

 

Options include:

 

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
  • Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.

 

  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention