/ by UK HealthCare
By now you’ve heard healthcare experts say that washing your hands is the front line of defense against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This remains true – 20 seconds with soap! But what else can you do?
To prevent the spread of the virus:
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, smart phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Practice social distancing. Avoid large crowds as much as possible, especially if you are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 (if you are 60 years old or older and/or have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure or other chronic major medical conditions).
To cope with stress you may be feeling during this time:
- Talk to people you trust. Contact your friends and family.
- If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle – including proper diet, sleep and exercise.
- Make a plan for if you do get sick. It can help to feel prepared – the CDC has helpful guidance for this.
- Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.
- Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. These are credible sources you can trust: