Suggestions To Help Prevent The Spread Of The Coronavirus…


Suggestions To Help Prevent The Spread Of The Coronavirus

In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, we all need to come together and follow vital, precautionary measures to decrease the dissemination of this virus.  The best way to circumvent the spread of this illness is to avoid being exposed to the Coronavirus.

Listed below are suggestions to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Stay at home if you are sick and contact your Medical Doctor or Health Center before visiting their office. Take your temperature to assess if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing and let your Physician know this vital information.

Take a hot, steamy shower every night before you go to bed. Clean out your nasal passages.

Keep a Neti Pot on hand just in case you need it for nasal irrigation. A Neti Pot is a container designed to clean out mucus from the sinuses.

Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Cancel all elective surgeries if you or a family member has one booked and reschedule the surgery three months from now.

Keep hand sanitizer and hand wipes on you and in your car.

Keep tissues on hand.

Wear gloves when shopping and pushing a shopping cart.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.

In lieu of the germ exchange of a handshake, alternative salutations are taking hold. Do not shake hands. Wave hello or place your two hands together for a “namaste greeting”.

Be mindful of “social distancing”, a term used to refer to a conscious effort to decrease close contact between people and lessen community transmission of the Coronavirus.

Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects such as a cell phone, computer keyboard, gas pump, toilets, door handles and other surfaces.

Please avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Wear a mask if you are medical personnel and you do not take the flu shot or if you have medical conditions that place you at risk for the Coronavirus. If you are sick, you should wear a facemark around other people.

Keep eucalyptus essential oil on hand. You can swipe some under your nose, it helps open the nasal passages for easier breathing.

Keep hydrated with water.

Take your multivitamins with Vitamin C, Calcium, Vitamin D and Zinc.

Keep Zinc lozenges readily available. Zinc may help prevent rhinoviruses from multiplying.

Cancel plans to attend concerts, movies, shows, charity events, large parties or gatherings. Avoid crowds, bars and public areas.

Cancel your reservations for restaurants.

Avoid public transportation, especially ride sharing and taxis.

Do not attend mass or temple or any communal area of a large gathering of people.

Stay at home with your family and enjoy your time together by watching movies, playing card or board games, baking cookies, practicing meditation, performing yoga, exercising, painting and reading. Take this time to review all the precautions with your children.

Say prayers together for your friends, family and the world.

Keep safe. Be well and remember, this too shall pass.

For the latest updates, go to the www.cdc.gov website and sign up for emails on the Coronavirus Disease from the Center for Disease Control or call them at 1-800-CDC-INFO.

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