As we are all too aware, the most pressing medical issue for our community at this time is the advent of COVID-19, and the community's ongoing attempts to limit its spread. The Center for Disease Control provides the following advice to avoid contracting this virus:
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
CDC - How to protect yourself