Tips for Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

washing hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Over the past several weeks, many of us have been trying to do our part to reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19. If everyone introduces a few new habits into their daily routines, it can end up having a major, positive impact in their community. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Keep Your hands Clean

Washing your hands frequently helps prevent cross-contamination, and while you should resist touching your face as much as possible, having clean hands helps prevent infection should you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. You should aim to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, ensuring that you scrub your thumbs, in between your fingers, and the back of your hands. If you can’t wash your hands after touching a shopping cart, gas pump, or door handle, a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol also works well to kill germs like the coronavirus.

Wear a Mask

Wearing a mask while you are out and about can drastically reduce the distance that potential airborne virus particles can travel, which helps to keep those around you safer. Masks are especially important to wear when you are sick, as coughs and sneezes can propel viruses further than six feet. If you can’t get a hold of a face mask, you can create one out of a cotton T-shirt, or simply tie a bandana around your face so that it covers your nose and mouth. Many establishments are requiring customers to wear masks, but even when they’re not required, it’s still not a bad idea to wear one.

Keep Your Distance

Many medical professionals are still recommending that everyone should try to stay home as much as possible to avoid coming in contact with COVID-19. When you do decide to leave your home, however, it’s a good idea to keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and the people around you who you do not live with. If you are sick, you should not leave your home except to visit the doctor. If you find yourself around other people and you’re not wearing a mask, make sure to cough and sneeze into your elbow to help prevent germs from spreading.

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