6 steps you can take to prevent coronavirus
The disease, also known as COVID-19, is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to Tom Chiller with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These respiratory droplets can spread to the mouth, nose, or hands of anyone who’s nearby, or possibly be inhaled into their lungs.
Wash your hands
Using soap and water lather up for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. This is especially essential after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Use a tissue that you can throw away. And, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since the virus is transmitted through the respiratory system.
Stay home if you’re sick
Chances are you don’t have the virus, but officials advise staying home if you don’t feel well. And, if you suspect you may have coronavirus, call your healthcare provider.
Keep surfaces clean
Use a disinfecting cleaning spray or wipes on high-touch surfaces like light switches, doorknobs, your phone, and remote controls.
One thing we know about the virus is that it is very contagious.
If you’re not sick, not a healthcare worker, and not caring for someone who has the virus, there is no need to wear a facemask. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease.