How to Prevent Contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Worried about the COVID-19 virus? You are not alone. Here are a few ways to protect yourself and reduce the spread of this disease.

  1. Thoroughly clean your hands often

    Triple wash your hands often with soap and water especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. A good recommended trick is to hum the “happy birthday” song to yourself from beginning to end twice while washing. Also, be sure to scrub the fingertips to the palm of your hands. Germs tend to collect under your fingernails.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  2. Cover coughs and sneezes

    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Again, if soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer.

  3. Stay Hydrated & Take Vitamins

    • Staying hydrated is important because it can help keep your immune system strong and regulate body temperature.
    • Eating a healthy balance of fruits, vegetables and proteins along with taking multi-vitamins or even vitamin-C tablets can help your body to produce a normal immune response following exposure to an antigen.
    • Taking immunity supports supplements like, Zinc, D3, and Beta-Glucan can also help.

  4. Don’t Touch Your Eyes, Nose, or Mouth

    • Why is not touching these areas of your face so important? Touching the mucous membranes on your face with your dirty hands allows germs that cause respiratory infections to enter the body.
    • Not touching your face is easier to say than to do, but try your best. In reality, it is estimated that people touch their faces about 23 times per hour! Even public figures can’t help touching their own face while telling others to not do it. This is why washing your hands often is so important.

  5. Practice Social Distancing

    • There are many ways to practice social distancing.
    • The best way is to just stay home. Of course, you may have an essential job or critical errand to run, but stay home as much as possible. While at home, find some productive activities to keep you busy verses watching non-stop news coverage of the coronavirus.
    • When you do go out, avoid large gatherings and stay at least six feet away from other people.
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
    • If you have allergies and are coughing or sneezing frequently, have someone else go out for you. If this is not possible, at least wear a protective mask while out.

  6. Disinfect All Frequently Used Objects and Surfaces

    • Preliminary studies suggest that the COVID-19 virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to nine days.
    • It is recommended that you clean and disinfect common use hard surfaces frequently. This includes table tops, kitchen counters, railings, door knobs, cupboard and drawer handles, refrigerator door handles, stove tops, stove knobs, toilet handles, sink knobs, etc. Also, don’t forget cleaning objects you use frequently such as your smart phone, iPad, Kindle, laptop, mouse, etc.
    Do not spray surfaces with disinfectants and immediately wipe afterwards. This will not be effective. No disinfectant kills on contact! Read your disinfectant label instructions to understand recommended the “dwell time” (or “contact time”) required to be effective. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines dwell time as, “the amount of time that a sanitizer or disinfectant must be in contact with the surface, and remain wet, in order to achieve the product’s advertised kill rate.”

  7. Use A Humidifier

    • Humidifiers help to alleviate asthma, diminish allergies, reduce snoring, heal dry skin and rejuvenate houseplants. Another huge benefit is that, viruses dislike humidity. Matter of fact, according to an article titled “Study: Flu and Other Viruses Cannot Survive in Humid Air” by Sarah Burrows, “Several studies over the last few years have found that raising indoor humidity to above 43% (50% is ideal) stops the flu virus dead in its tracks.” Of course, the COVID-19 virus emerged after the studies referenced in the article. Still, it is a virus so humidity is your friend. What are you waiting for? Go get your humidifiers running now!!

  8. Ask PuroClean For a Professional Disinfectant Cleaning

    • To achieve a more thorough cleanup of properties, consider professional disinfecting cleaning with PuroClean. We use modern and efficient methods to help stop the spread of viruses and influenza.
    • PuroClean of Northwest Rochester is dedicated to serving you when a property has experienced damage from water, fire, mold or bio-hazard. Call us at (585) 431-6060 and let us help you get back to a sense of normal, quickly and with care.

Of course, there is no way to absolutely guarantee that you will avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus. However, these recommendations will significantly reduce your risk of exposure and increase your ability fight off the infection if you do get it.

Last edited on 21st of March 2020

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