How to Protect Yourself Against the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This week, the CDC has told Americans that we need to be prepared for an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus has been spreading across the globe with outbreaks in China, Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran. As of today, the US has only seen 56 cases of the disease and most of those are from people who returned from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. Currently, 8,400 people in California are being monitored for the coronavirus.

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Here are some tips for staying healthy and preventing the virus from spreading:

  • Don't Panic.
  • Frequently wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

  • Don't touch your eyes, mouth or nose.

  • Clean and sanitize surfaces in your home regularly. The virus will live on surfaces for over 2 hours.

  • Practice social distancing. Don't get too close to people, especially if they seem sick. If someone is coughing on the bus near you, move away.

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow and dispose of used tissues.

  • If you are sick, stay home, wear a mask around family members, and clean things you have touched.

  • If you have a fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, call your doctor before going in so they can tell you how to proceed.

Most people get better on their own. There is currently no vaccine or cure to the virus but symptoms can be managed.

Both the WHO and the CDC have great information about COVID-19 check out these links for more information:

WHO - COVID-19 Advice for Public

CDC - About the Coronavirus


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February 28, 20200 found this helpful

The best two pieces of advice are:
1. Don't panic.
2. Get your information from the CDC or a state or local health department -- NOT social media!

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StellaBell's advice is spot on.

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March 4, 20201 found this helpful

Thanks Stella for a gifting a well-written article to us.
The infographic poster you shared is one of the most comprehensive and updated Ive seen this far. Kindly advice the source of the poster so that I can quote it and share with others.

Wishing you & everyone well.

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March 4, 20201 found this helpful

It's a stock image that we purchased the right to use at iStockPhoto. Some creative person put it together, probably from information provided by the CDC or WHO.

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March 8, 20201 found this helpful

I've been reading warnings about getting "alcohol free' hand sanitizer. This will not protect you. Be sure any sanitizer is at least 60% alcohol and rub it in for 90 seconds to ensure that all the germs are killed.

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Handwashing with soap and running water is even more effective and should be the first line of defense.

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March 8, 20200 found this helpful

They say to sing the Happy Birthday song while washing hands to know how long to wash!

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February 29, 2020

This is our official recommended recipe to make your own hand sanitizer at home. This recipe follows WHO guidelines for maximum cleaning power.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

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April 29, 2018

You can save money using coffee filters or paper towels to make your own handy disinfecting wipes. This is a page about making your own disinfectant wipes.

Hand holding a home name disinfectant wipe

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