Coronavirus or COVID-19

All you hear about in the news right now is Coronavirus or COVID-19.

I don’t want to panic or live in fear. I don’t want to isolate myself or my family for weeks on end, heck I can’t financially afford to do that! But I will say, I’m beginning to get a little nervous about the spread of the Coronavirus. How do I keep my family safe, their friends, teammates?  How do I keep my employees safe, my clients, their families, the list is endless.

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The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

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.

What You Can Do to Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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, use 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.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Overall it seems that use of universal precautions is the best way to keep each other from spreading this virus, which we should all be doing everyday, not just during an outbreak.

So try not to panic, try not to be fearful, there is no need to stock pile 100 cases of Clorox wipes or 50 gallons of hand sanitizer. From everything I have read, good old soap and water is much better for you and your health. But whatever you do, please take the precautions you can.