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How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19

A guide to protecting yourself from contracting and spreading COVID-19

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It’s extremely important for everyone across our globe to do what they can to protect themselves from contracting the coronavirus which causes COVID-19.

Before March of this year, it’s unlikely many of us knew what “flattening the curve” meant. Now, it’s become a part of our every day vocabulary as we fight to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

As more and more healthcare services become overwhelmed by COVID-19, it’s vital that we all protect ourselves from contracting and spreading this disease. A large percentage of people who contract COVID-19 will need to be on respirator support. No healthcare system in the world has enough respirators to fight this pandemic. The public’s help is essential to stopping the transmission of the disease.

Understanding the Importance of Stopping the Spread of COVID-19

We all know by now that the flu is still quite deadly. What we fail to understand is why the flu doesn’t keep us trapped inside of our houses unable to see our friends or even go to work.

The answer is vaccines!

Vaccines are essential for stopping the spread of many illnesses. These illnesses could otherwise lead to the break down of our world’s population.

Vaccines typically use weakened or dead forms of microbes, toxins, or surface proteins from the disease itself to provide immunity to the particular infectious disease.

By vaccinating populations at risk to specific diseases, we are able to prevent the spread of those diseases.

If everybody decided to stop getting the flu shot, the flu would quite literally cripple our world in the same way COVID-19 has.

COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, nobody has any immunity to it yet. This means that every single human on this planet is at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

When people have a vaccine against a disease, they become highly unlikely to transmit that disease to someone else. The more people that become vaccinated against a disease the harder it becomes for the disease to spread to others.

Until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, we must do our part to avoid our healthcare systems from becoming overwhelmed. You can help to flatten the curve across the globe.

Protect Yourself from COVID-19

Social Distancing

COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus has an extremely long incubation period. If you become infected with the disease, you are spreading it before you have any idea that you have it. According to the WHO, the incubation period for COVID-19 is 5 days on average. Unfortunately, current research shows it can be up to 14 days.

The most important step we can all take to protect ourselves against COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. Each country may have different steps on what social distancing means but in general you will want to:

  • Only go out for essential needs (grocery shopping once per week, doctors appointments, to and from work etc…)
  • Not have anyone inside of your house who does not permanently reside in your house
  • Avoid contact with people (no handshakes, hugs, kisses on the cheek etc…)
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone you encounter while out for essential needs

It seems many people think it’s okay to throw a gathering as long as they stay 6 or more feet away from others. It’s imperative that we all understand that this is a guideline to help prevent the transmission of the disease while having brief encounters with people. If you are hosting gatherings and implementing a distance rule – you are not doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Hand Washing

The next most important step we can all do is washing or sanitizing our hands and bodies.

Having trouble finding hand sanitizer in a store near you? I have created an easy step-by-step guide on how to make your own at home here!

Germs spread quickly and easily from minimal contact. Washing or sanitizing our hands with hand sanitizer helps get rid of any live virus on our hands.

It’s extremely important that we wash our hands before we prep any food and again before we eat any food. It’s also vital to wash your hands before and after touching your face. The virus finds it’s way into our system usually by our mouth and nose. The average person touches their face more than 1000 times per day. If we wash our hands before touching our face, it reduces the risk of transmission greatly.

Cleaning

As the virus can live on hard surfaces for greater than 3 days, cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces around the house has become vital to stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. It’s a good idea to wipe down frequently touched places like countertops, handles, fridge doors, door knobs, light switches, and faucets with soap and water and then again with some type of disinfectant. We must understand that if the surface is already dirty, disinfecting it doesn’t do all that much. You must clean the surface first and then disinfect it.

All of the things listed above will help greatly reduce your chance in spreading COVID-19. If we all do our part to flatten the curve we can help to avoid many unnecessary deaths across our world. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below on what you and your family are doing to help stop the spread of this horrible disease!

Written by Lysha R
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