Tons in the news, and tons of talk. But what do you really need to know about the Coronavirus? And more importantly, what do you need to do?
The next several minutes you spend reading this article will help you now and in the future when it comes to staying clear of and slowing down the spread of this illness.
For up-to-date info you can trust go to www.CDC.gov. That website is your best source of info on the spread or almost anything related to Coronavirus.
Worrying doesn’t help, and making others worry is worse yet. But you can plan. You can get ready for what may happen IF the virus comes closer to home. Taking action now, not only prepares you but also helps you deal with worry in a healthier way.
- Talk with the people you live with and people close to you. Plan for what they might need should they get sick, should they be home from work, or should they have to take care of children home from school.
- Coronavirus may be more serious for older folks. Take their needs into account and talk with elderly family, friends, and neighbors.
- Make a list of contacts for each of your people above. For each, include contact info for their doctor or other health care providers, their family and closest friends, their employer, and anyone else important to them.
- Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate people who are sick from those who are not. If Coronavirus comes to your doorstep, keep anyone with the virus separated from those without it. This includes, where possible, bathrooms, too.
- Think about and talk about what to do if kids can’t go to school or day-care for a time. What if you can’t go to work for a time? These things may never happen, but planning makes a difference if it does.
Whether Coronavirus is in the house next door or far far away, take these precautions now. The flu spreads easily from person to person. Coronavirus spreads even more easily. Make everyone safer by taking these basic steps:
- Stop touching your face. It’s not easy, but you already do many things that are not easy. Don’t pick your nose or put your fingers in your mouth. Or near your eyes. Buy some tissues, and if you have an itch or need to touch your face without first washing your hands, use a tissue.
- Wash your hands. Wash them soooo much. And wash them well with soap (20 seconds each time). Sneeze into the crook of your arm, not into your hands.
- Travel much? Concert plans? Don’t rush out and cancel everything, but as the Coronavirus spreads, please please please think carefully about the dangers of travel to far off places and hanging out in crowds. Keep your distance from folks whenever you can: six feet or more. And if you must travel, check the CDC website for the latest on where you’re going.
- Don’t wear a mask in public. It will only give you a false sense of security and may do more harm than good. Fact is, taking it off and putting it on and adjusting it over and over can expose you to more bugs than if you didn’t wear it at all. Masks are important, however, for those infected with the disease.
- Start eating healthier now to boost your natural immune system. If you need help with this, check out Southwest Health’s My Healthy Life blogs on our website at www.southwesthealth.org.
- Wash your fruits and veggies. It takes a lot of hands to get them from the field to the supermarket, and all along the way, folks are touching it.
If You Get Sick
- Stay home. Seriously, not just home from work but home from everywhere you could spread illness.
- If you have flu symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, headache, and cough, see your doctor. And if there’s a reason you believe it could be Coronavirus, call ahead and be sure the staff at the office know about your symptoms and why you’re concerned. They can best prepare if they know ahead of time.
- Disinfect and clean your home. Use alcohol or other disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces and areas people touch, especially where you eat. Anyone who is ill should be separated from those who are not according to your plan.
Southwest Health and other health agencies are taking steps now to ensure the smartest, strongest possible response in the event of an outbreak nearby.
YOU play a role, too, and when we each do our part, the best thing of all happens – nothing happens. You don’t get sick and neither do others.