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The Importance of Preventing the Spread of the Coronavirus

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By Daniel Marcus

Posted on April 9th, 2020 in News

COVID-19With nearly 435,000 cases and over 14,500 deaths, the U.S. is the country with the largest number of coronavirus infections.

The new virus is spreading at a very rapid pace throughout the population, which is why it is crucial to protect yourself and your family from contracting it. There are numerous preventive measures you can follow to avoid infection with the coronavirus, measures which we strongly advise you to keep in mind every day until the spread of the epidemic slows down. Following these preventive measures will not only protect you but also those around you.

  • Perhaps the most important protective measure you should take is to avoid leaving your house except for essential reasons such as grocery shopping, buying medication, or seeking medical attention. Isolation is highly recommended during the epidemic, as you never know if you encounter people who carry the new virus while you are outside. Although we are aware of how difficult it is to not visit your loved ones and not being able to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, staying home is essential to prevent the spread of coronavirus. On the bright side, you may discover new hobbies and have the chance to spend more quality time with the family members you live with. You can also communicate with your family and friends by using video calls to make the experience more authentic.
  • Washing your hands frequently, particularly when you return home from errands, is also crucial in the prevention of the new virus. You should make sure you wash your hands with warm or hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds in order to kill the bacteria and the virus if it is present on your skin. When you go out, you unavoidably touch numerous objects and surfaces which may be contaminated. Therefore, properly washing your hands is of utmost importance. However, it is not necessary to use antibacterial soap, as regular soap is just as good, according to specialists. You can also use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash your hands. 
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a face mask and wearing gloves when you go out is another protective measure you should follow. Using a face mask, regardless of type, will prevent you from spreading virus particles which may exist in the air you breathe, particularly if you need to stay in a crowd of people, such as when you go to the supermarket or visit a medical professional and have to spend time in the waiting room with other individuals. Gloves will offer you extra protection when touching objects and surfaces which may be contaminated. However, it is essential to throw the gloves away when you return home, since they may carry the virus, and wear a new pair every time you need to go out. 
  • Social distancing is another essential preventive measure. Every time you are surrounded by people, make sure there are at least 6 feet between you and the others. This way, if they carry the virus, you are less likely to contract it when they cough or sneeze. Keep in mind that it may take up to 2 weeks for symptoms to appear in a person infected with coronavirus, so there is always a chance that you are in close proximity to contaminated people who is not showing symptoms. Also known as physical distancing, social distancing is meant to prevent the spread of the virus by maintaining space as large as possible between you and other people so that the chances of contracting it through droplets are lower.
  • During the epidemic, it is also important to regularly disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch most often in your house, as you may have accidentally touched them prior to washing your hands. These include your phone, the keyboard, and doorknobs. You can disinfect objects and surfaces with a cloth soaked in a mix of soap and water or with hand sanitizer and use a dry cloth to remove it. The floor is another important surface which you should disinfect on a regular basis, as you may carry the virus on your shoes. It is recommended to clean the floor, as well as the sole of your shoes, with bleach on a regular basis.
  • Finally, to make sure you remain healthy, you should avoid contact with sick people, as people who are already sick are more prone to contacting the new virus. Thereby, if you believe you may need to spend time in close proximity with people who are suffering from contagious diseases, such as in a hospital or another medical facility, wear a face mask and gloves and follow social distancing. It is also crucial to dispose of your gloves and disinfect your face mask when you return home from environments where sick people were present since the virus will persist on these objects.

By adhering to these preventive measures, you will contribute to the reduction of the coronavirus epidemic, which currently has a tremendous proportion throughout the country. For the sake of your health and the health of the people around you, please follow these protective measures every day until the pandemic is over and teach others to do the same. Only together we can navigate this challenging situation.