Wash your hands and avoid touching your face
Washing hands and avoiding touching your face can help prevent the risk of infection from germs such as COVID-19.
These recommendations were made to help people reduce risk of getting a COVID-19 infection and to help reduce transmission between people.
It is believed that the virus is spread from one person to another through close contact with a person who is infected. It is also possible to become infected by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
You can find more information on how COVID-19 spreads at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Why is social distancing important?
People of all age groups need to have continued education on what this virus can do to them and the people they love. All age groups should be made aware of the crisis with hard data and first-hand reports of human suffering. They need to not be shielded from reality, and must be told that they can either be part of the solution otherwise they will add to the problem.
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. Because COVID-19 is different, it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are working to develop a vaccine against COVID-19. The process of research and development can take some time. When a vaccine is developed, it also needs to be tested to make sure it’s safe and effective.
Self-isolation or self-quarantine generally means that people who are believed to have been infected, or exposed to the virus, separate themselves, usually by staying at home and avoiding contact with others.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Therefore, the purpose of self-isolation or self-quarantine is to reduce the speed and extent of how the virus spreads in a certain area.
The CDC defines isolation as “the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.”
The CDC defines quarantine as “the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.”
If someone needs medical attention and is infected, they will need to be treated in an isolated setting within a hospital.
Find more information on isolation and quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
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