When you turn on the television, look at social media, or engage in conversation with a friend or co-worker, it doesn’t take long for the Coronavirus subject to come up these days. Back in January, the virus remained confined to China with a mere 7,000 or so cases. But in the weeks and months that followed, the numbers multiplied as the virus spread worldwide, and a sort of hysteria ensued. But, to protect ourselves from getting the virus, we need to understand who the virus effects, how it spreads, and what to do to avoid it.

How to Prevent the Virus:

Everyone needs to stay vigilant when it comes to fighting this highly contagious virus. If you don’t fall into the high-risk category, you do want to prevent spreading the virus onto the vulnerable. This highly infectious illness poses a problem with, for example, children and their grandparents. Consider the following procedures to keep you and your family safe.

  • Wash your hands often. Make sure to wash them after taking public transportation, before and after eating, and after you blow your nose. You will want to wash your hands with hot water and soap. Soap and water prove more effective than hand sanitizer, wash your hands for twenty seconds minimally including all parts of the hand and under the nails.
  • Use a clean tissue for every sneeze. If necessary, sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow.
  • Use a clean tissue to open doors and turn off the tap.
  • Wash your clothes, bedding, and towels in the warmest temperatures possible.
  • Clean all touchable household surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom frequently. Use a householdcleaner first and then go over the surface with a disinfectant that contains at least 70% alcohol. When disinfecting surfaces, the product must remain on the surface for at least 30 seconds before throwing them away. Use disposable gloves and throw them away after each use.