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Learn 5 Keys to COVID-19 Prevention

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

Last week, we reviewed the difference between contamination and infection. If you missed it, click here.

This week, we’ll review 5 ways to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 contamination and infection.

Social Distancing. Stay home. And if you must leave home for groceries or any other essentials, stay at least 6 feet away from anyone else. Gorcery stores have been fantastic and have markers on the floor to show people 6 feet of distance. Most stores allow you to go just one way down the aisle, which also promotes social distancing.

Good Handwashing. Use warm soapy water and rub your hands together for 20-30 seconds. Humming the Jeopardy song helps with timing yourself. Switching hand positions (focusing between the fingers, then on the top surface, then bottom surface, then the thumbs, then the wrists) also allows for thorough cleansing as well. Hand sanitizer also works.

Not Touching Your Face. Contamination becomes infection once the virus enters your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth. Making the habit of keeping your hands away from your face is helpful and keeps you from infecting yourself before you can properly cleanse your hands.

Masks in Public. This was a new recommendation from the CDC in the past two weeks. This relates back to the incubation period. We also discussed this in last week’s blog post here. In short, wearing a mask (home made options are available) helps keep you from infecting others and provides some protection against you becoming infected yourself.

Stay Home If You Feel Sick. Most people who develop COVID-19 will have a mild case of it, meaning a fever and cough. A more severe form would include shortness of breath. And going out in publis guarantees the spread of COVID-19 and quarantine. If you think you have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider.

If you’re unable to make an appointment with your healthcare provider, call us at 508-232-6963 for a telephone or video visit today.

Since new information becomes available daily, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website for the most up to date information on COVID-19.

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