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If you’re like most people, you’ve been regularly checking the news and talking with friends and relatives about the coronavirus. The majority of people are taking the situation very seriously and are listening carefully to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) about how to stay safe.

One thing all the experts agree upon is the need for people to take responsible action to prevent themselves from being infected with the virus and spreading it to others. There are simple steps everyone can take to protect themselves from infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Do this for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Also, do this if you have been in a public place. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • As much as is possible, avoid touching surfaces in public places which others touch frequently – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. If possible, use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and cell phones).
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. 
  • Practice social distancing. If possible, maintain at least six feet between yourself and others. Move away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel, including plane trips.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.

We may need to take the above steps for weeks, or even months. Diligently following these protective measures will minimize your risk of contracting the coronavirus. By keeping yourself healthy you are protecting everyone you come in contact with.

In spite of these protective measures, you may start to exhibit some of the symptoms of the coronavirus (coughing/sneezing, flu-like body aches, shortness of breath). If this is the case, seek immediate medical attention.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding what else you could possibly do to keep yourself safe during these unknowing times.

Original article from HeartShare Training a Lifework Education Brand