Playing a good defense against viruses is your best bet for staying healthy. Here are some top tips.
How to Limit the Spread of Viruses
Avoid Contact with Sick People
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Think of the virus as an amazing basketball player who can fly through the air before doing a slam dunk. Unfortunately respiratory droplets from people sick with coronavirus are like that basketball player. If they’re within six feet of you, their respiratory droplets can do a slam dunk on your body.
Don't Touch Your Face
If a person infected with COVID-19 touches a surface, and then you touch that surface and then your face, you’ve just escorted the virus into your own body. Try to stop touching your face. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Once you’re aware that you shouldn’t touch your face, you might be amazed at how much you do so.
One tip recommended by the New York Times is to keep a box of tissues handy. When you need to touch your face, grab a tissue and then touch your face through the tissue.
Take Sick Days If You Need To
When you are sick, stay home to prevent potentially exposing others.
Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue, and then dispose of the tissue.
Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces, such as countertops, light switches, door handles, cabinet handles, and screens.
Wash Your Hands
Amp up your hand-washing game. Wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. This is especially important after using the bathroom, before you eat, and after you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose.
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Do You Need a Facemask?
If you are not sick, avoid using a facemask. Facemasks should be used only by people displaying symptoms of COVID-19, healthcare workers, and caretakers.