Whether you believe it or not, COVID-19 is a serious threat, and should be treated as such. According to the CDC, older adults, the elderly, and people with underlying medical conditions have the highest risk of dying, or becoming severely ill from COVID-19. Low-risk individuals are not immune, however. It is even possible to carry and spread COVID-19 without showing any symptoms. Additionally, there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. For these reasons, everyone should be taking the proper COVID-19 precautions.
COVID-19 is thought to spread through the respiratory droplets of an infected individual, and through person-to-person contact. Here are some suggested practices to help reduce the risk of spreading and/or contracting COVID-19:
Avoid touching your face - especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Do this often - especially after being in a public, touching your face, coughing, sneezing, etc. If you do not have access to soap and water, you may use hand sanitizer that is made up of at least 60% alcohol.
Sanitize frequently touched surfaces in your home and car. Use soap and water and disinfectants.
Avoid close or physical contact with others - especially those who are sick.
Avoid public transportation.
Practice social distancing - Do not leave your home except for emergencies, or for other necessary activities, such as going to work, or grocery shopping.
Sanitize all new items that enter your household - mail, packages, groceries, etc.
Take extra precautions when you are out in public. When shopping, be sure to sanitize your cart or basket, and remain at least 6 feet from others. DO NOT HOARD HOUSEHOLD ITEMS - especially toilet paper and face masks. Face masks are in low supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers, and those who are already ill. If you wish to wear a mask, you can make one by following one of these tutorials: