10 Tips to Prepare Yourself for the Coronavirus
The United States declared a national emergency on Friday, March 13, in response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising people of all ages to protect themselves during this pandemic.
It’s a lot of information to process, and it’s easy to feel stressed by the threat of this health crisis. But the best thing you can do at this time is to prepare yourself, your family and your home for the coronavirus.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
A quick flick of your wrists under the faucet won’t cut it anymore. Washing your hands frequently throughout the day is highly recommended. And it has to be a thorough scrub-down — spend at least 20 seconds each time.
Know the Symptoms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made it clear that symptoms of COVID-19 can range from extremely mild to severe. That’s what makes detecting whether you have it or not so tricky. While we all wait for more accessible testing, pay attention to your cough, temperature and shortness of breath.
Reroute Your Sneezes and Coughs
It’s time to put an end to our age-old practice of sneezing and coughing into our hands. The coronavirus is thought to travel through viral droplets, among other ways, so coughing or sneezing into our hands is a surefire way to spread COVID-19.
Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Mouth and Nose
This one sounds easy enough, but experts claim we touch our faces nearly 16 times an hour. The CDC would like us to curb that habit very quickly, as the mucous membranes on our faces are easy entry points for the virus.
Stay Home as Much as You Can
This is a tough one, but a given necessity. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Italy, Spain and South Korea advised their citizens to stay indoors to avoid exposure. Major U.S. cities like New York and San Francisco are already enacting similar policies.
Keep Your Home at Room Temperature
The World Health Organization shut down any rumors that the new coronavirus would collapse in extremely hot or cold temperatures. This is simply not the case. No amount of humidity or snow is capable of curbing the spread of the illness.
Practice Social Distancing
There’s a reason you’ve noticed the cancellation of basketball games, cruises and concerts over the last few weeks. COVID-19 can easily spread from person to person, so health officials are advising everyone to practice what’s known as social distancing.
Take Inventory of Your Supplies
While it’s important to keep a stocked refrigerator, now would be a good time to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your other essential items. This includes prescription medications, pain relievers and any additional health supplies you may need.
Clean Your House Daily
Because you’ll be staying home a lot more, it’s important to clean the areas where you spend time more frequently. Pay attention to all touched surfaces in your home, including door knobs, light switches, floors, tables, desks, countertops and keyboards.
Please Try to Stay Calm
Stress can have a major impact on your immune system, and it’s important to keep that in mind during this crisis. Your mental health is as important as your physical health during times like these. If you’re feeling isolated, nervous or alarmed, now is the time to work to boost your mental health.