Best Defense- Wash Your Hands!

Best Defense- Wash Your Hands!

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
               -If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

 

Additional steps to prevent spread of the illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
            -CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
            -Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

GENERAL TIPS FOR HOUSEHOLD CLEANING AND DISINFECTION 

For more tips and details on the information below, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

Clean frequently touched surfaces:

  • Example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
  • Clean surfaces with detergent or soap, prior to disinfection
  • Disinfection: Clean with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface following label instructions
  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning, and be sure space is ventilated properly
  • Properly wash your hands immediately after disposing of gloves

Resource: www.CDC.gov

  1. HANDS Wash them often
  2. ELBOW Cough into it
  3. FACE Don't touch it
  4. FEET Stay more than 3ft apart
  5. FEEL sick? Stay home

Resource: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

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