5  Things You Can Do to Avoid Coronavirus (Covid-19)
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5 Things You Can Do to Avoid Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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By Courtney Bibo

March 15, 2020

I’m sure you’re all aware of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) panic that’s currently going on. It’s easy to get freaked out and not know how to avoid it. In this article, I will list 5 ways to avoid Coronavirus (Covid-19) and give examples along the way. Read on to become the Smartest Patient!

Properly wash your hands frequently

This is an absolute must! For some of you, making a habit of scrubbing for 20 solid seconds is going to take some getting used to. Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. (I did this while timing myself, and it took about 21 seconds!) Proper hand-washing is highly effective in reducing transmission of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Use alcohol-based hand-sanitizer when washing your hands isn’t an option

How do you know if your hand sanitizer is alcohol-based? It will say on the label. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the active ingredient is alcohol, just that the base is alcohol. These are more effective in getting rid of germs than water-based ones.

Wash hands (or use sanitizer) before eating at a restaurant, but especially after touching menus

When in a public restroom, I use the paper towel that I was drying my hands with to open the door back up. I find a trashcan on my way out, or just take it back to my table with me.

Do not travel using airports unless there truly is no other option for you

Airports are the hub of international travel, obviously. While America has put travel bans and restrictions between here and China, Ireland, and the U.K. (with some exceptions) it is still possible to get infected in an airport. This travel ban is not 100% effective, but is put in place to cut down on the transmission of Coronavirus. Stay away from them, if possible. If you have to travel, frequently wash your hands properly. Always use a paper towel to open doors after you’ve washed your hands. Try not to touch handrails and carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you to use after touching railings.

Routinely disinfect door knobs, drawer handles, faucet handles, your phone, and your steering wheel

These are commonly used things that get touched with dirty hands. Think about when you pump gas: You touch the gas handle. Numerous people have touched the handle with their hands, that they likely have not washed recently, and then you get in your car and touch your steering wheel. Think about all the things you touch after the steering wheel. Your phone, your shifter, your garage door opener, door knobs on the way in the house, your refrigerator handles; I could go on for days. Take a moment to disinfect these commonly touched things to cut down on the transmission of Coronavirus.

During these uncertain times, it’s important to do our part in preventing the transmission of this virus. A great way to start is to make sure you’re doing all 5 of these things to avoid Coronavirus (Covid-19) and keep those around you healthy!

Learn more on prevention and transmission of Coronavirus (Covid-19) here.

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