Here are a few common-sense practices to remember as we hear about the Coronavirus:
To help prevent and reduce the spread of illness to yourself and others:
- Wash your hands often and do it well.
- Stay home if you are sick, and drink plenty of liquids and rest.
- Stay your distance (at least 6 feet) from people who appear to be sick--such as sneezing and coughing.
- If you have to cough or sneeze, don't do it the old-fashioned way, by covering your mouth with your hands. Do cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm instead, or at least cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Dispose of used tissues in a wastebasket. Don't leave them wadded up by the bed or on other surfaces.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands.
- Keep surfaces in your home clean. Alcohol is a good disinfectant.
- Also don’t forget to sanitize contact surfaces if you go out and return or have home deliveries. This includes door knobs, counter tops, and other surfaces.
- Keep at least a 30-day supply of essential medicines.
- Have essential household items on hand, such as laundry and dish detergent, and toilet tissue.
- Have essential personal supplies on hand, such as toothpaste, soap, incontinence briefs, etc.
- Have a supply of basic food staples--but no need to stockpile food. Prepare--don't panic.
- Get your flu and pneumonia vaccinations if you haven't already.
Prepared by Dennis W. Streets based on information from the CDC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services, March 2, 2020 - see also: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/index.html