Coronavirus Disease 2019 (officially known as COVID-19) has infiltrated headlines and most likely has you and your family concerned. As of February 24, 2020, the CDC stated, “Fourteen cases have been diagnosed in the United States, in addition to 39 cases among repatriated persons from high-risk settings, for a current total of 53 cases within the United States.” So what are practical ways to prep for the outbreak?
We reached out to co-founder Simon Huck and his team at Judy—a safety brand that provides personalized emergency kits for families across the country—to share information on what you can do to help avoid being exposed to the virus. Read the five preventative actions below.
“Wet your hands with clean water, then thoroughly apply soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse, and dry with a clean towel. Set reminders on your phone if you have a tendency to forget—a quick tip is to sing through the ABCs twice. Remember to use hand sanitizer when washing your hands is not possible, but the most effective way to reduce exposure is handwashing.”
2. COUGHING AND SNEEZING ETIQUETTE:
“If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into your upper arm or sleeve; avoid using your hands. Turn away from other people when coughing or sneezing. If you are sick, avoid unnecessary contact with others.”
3. STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE:
“Studies show people touch their faces an average of 3.6 times per hour, meaning you’re touching your face more often than you’re washing your hands. Self-awareness of this habit can help reduce the spread of this virus.”
We also recommend wiping down anything you touch frequently with a disinfectant—your phone, computer, steering wheel, door handles, car keys, and so on.
“According to the CDC, use of masks or gloves is not currently recommended for the general public.”
However, it is recommended if you’re sick, have any flu or cold-like symptoms, or are a healthcare professional.
5. LISTEN TO AUTHORITIES:
“Health officials are still learning about the virus and how it’s transmitted. We strongly encourage everyone to follow the guidance as outlined by the CDC or your local health department. For more information, click here.”