Are you feeling a little overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic? It is understandable to see everything happening in the news and not feel confident about what tomorrow will bring.
Our team from Pratt Clay, LLP wants everyone in our communities to feel safe and healthy while the world deals with COVID-19. With some reliable knowledge from groups like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can get a clearer idea of what to expect. With a little bit of preparation, too, you can do things today to better protect yourself and your family.
WHO Coronavirus Safety Guidelines
If you go to the Google homepage right now, then you will see some basic safety guidelines from WHO right now. They have broken down day-to-day preventative measures into five easy steps that everyone in the world should know and follow.
- Wash your hands more often than you do already. Use hot water and soap whenever possible, and wash for at least 20 seconds at a time. Soap is more effective than hand sanitizer because it creates an emulsifier that physically removes strains of the virus from your hands.
- When you need to cough or sneeze, use the crook of your elbow to contain it. Microscopic moisture particles from coughs and sneezes are believed to be the primary source of transmission for COVID-19, so concealing your coughs is critical.
- Try to get into the habit of not touching your face. Your eyes, mouth, and nose are particularly susceptible to absorbing virus strains, bacteria, and other contaminants. Touching your face will increase the odds of contraction if you have the virus on your hands.
- Remain at least 3-feet apart from anyone you can. When you sneeze, cough, and just breathe heavily, you can expel virus strains into the air. Being within 3-feet of someone increases the chances of them breathing in those strains.
- If you feel sick at all, please stay home. Coronavirus is a mild illness in the majority of cases, but it can be lethal for people with immune system deficiencies, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and heart conditions. You might feel only slightly sick but being around others could put them at risk of being severely sick.
Do Not Hoard Supplies
Many people across America have been panic-stricken due to unreliable information about the severity of COVID-19. As a result, panic-buying and hoarding have become unfortunately common. Toilet paper, paper towels, and bottled water have sold out in retailers in virtually every state, even though there is no clear need for an abundance of these supplies in or out of quarantine.
If you are a relatively healthy individual, please resist the temptation to hoard basic necessities. Seniors and the immunocompromised will have a greater need to buy large amounts of these supplies at once because the fewer trips they can take outside their homes, the better.
Social Distancing for the Time Being
Some counties have begun secure-in-place quarantine orders that require people to only leave their homes for medical reasons, emergencies, and to purchase food and important supplies. Elsewhere, social distancing has been strongly encouraged. In brief, social distancing means voluntary self-isolation to minimize the chances of spreading the virus to other people.
When socially distancing yourself, you can:
- Hangout with friends online
- Teleconference into work
- Work from home
- Stay away from crowded areas
From all of us at Pratt Clay, LLP, we wish you and your loved ones nothing but health and safety during these days. Please take care of yourself, follow the WHO’s safety guidelines, and stay hopeful. Thanks to researchers and medical professionals the world over, we will get through the coronavirus stronger than before.