This blog was posted on March 26th. Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, some information may not be up to date. Stay informed by following information from your local officials and by visiting the CDC website.
Social distancing is important, as it can help slow the spread of disease and keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. However, maintaining six feet of distance from others can be difficult at times, especially if you’re a caregiver or work around people. Learn about steps you can take to slow the spread of the coronavirus and start implementing them into your daily routine.
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is thought to spread mainly through person-to-person contact. The virus is transmitted in respiratory droplets that can enter the atmosphere when people talk, sneeze, cough, etc. That means that if an infected person doesn’t cover their mouth and nose, they could potentially spray you with respiratory droplets. Or perhaps you came in contact with someone who contracted the virus, and they touched their mouth or nose with their hand. When that person shakes your hand, they transfer some of the virus to your hand.
According to the CDC, It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. To that end, it is extremely important to sanitize objects and surfaces that are touched often. To disinfect, you can use a diluted household bleach solution, a solution with at least 70% alcohol, or an EPA-registered household disinfectant.
Since the coronavirus mainly spreads through respiratory droplets in the air, maintaining at least six feet of distance from other people can help prevent the transmission of this disease. However, this practice can be hard, especially if you have children or you’re still required to report to work. Here’s our advice:
If you think you have COVID-19, call your Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physician to learn about the next steps you should take.
The New York Times | Wondering About Social Distancing?
FDA | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Question
AARP | Practical Tips for Caregivers Concerned About Coronavirus
CDC | Clean & Disinfect
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