What You Can Do to Help

Hopefully, by now most of you have heard what to do and what not do to when it comes to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing, staying home, cleaning, and disinfecting your home and disinfecting products like groceries that you bring into your home, are some of the topics we are seeing on the news and in social media. Need more details on how you can help? Here are a few tips from the CDC.

Wear a mask

Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, will help you and others around you, especially if you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask). Being sick already with a cold makes you a little more susceptible to the Coronavirus, however even if you are not sick or showing symptoms, you can still be contagious to others. Since this virus is transferred most frequently through respiratory droplets in the air (lasting 30 minutes to 3 hours per the CDC), a mask will help to shelter those droplets. The CDC is now recommending that health care providers with absolutely no other option use a bandana or scarf when treating patients with COVID-19.

Personal Hygiene

Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice should equal 20 seconds.

 

    • Always wash immediately after contact with an ill person and/or any used surface.
    • Hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, will suffice. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
    • Additional key times to wash hands include:
      • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • After using the restroom.
      • Before eating or preparing food.
      • After contact with animals or pets.
      • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g., a child).

Close off areas in your house and try to stay in once central location in your house to avoid having to clean multiple rooms repeatedly.

  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and handling trash.
  • Avoid touching your face – Touching someone who is infected or a surface with the virus, and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes is one of the primary ways the virus is transferred between people.
Clean and disinfect your house and car daily 
This is especially important for frequently touched surfaces by your families such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. The virus can be transferred by an infected person to a variety of surfaces, mainly non-porous, and can remain on that surface according to the CDC. It’s also suggested to wipe the surface in one direction with long strokes, instead of in a circular motion where you are just pushing the germs around. You should clean and disinfect new items from the store or delivered from outside companies as an added precaution. Use detergent or soap and water if possible or disinfect with cleaner. The most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
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Other options for disinfecting include:

    • Diluting your household bleach.
      To make a bleach solution, mix:

      • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
        OR
      • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against Corona-virus when properly diluted.

Stay Home 

Most of you are working at home now but staying at home around the clock should be enforced. This is the best thing you can do right now to reduce the spread. A younger person may have the virus and not know it. Then they visit a friend who is already compromised health-wise. This friend can be infected. Not all patients are older and/or compromised already… those are just the people who might suffer more and possibly not recover from this virus. Do your part in staying home and away from everyone possible. If you cannot avoid family, friends, or roommates, then wear a mask and clean daily. Recently, Dallas County enforced a “shelter-in-place” order for all Dallas County residents to help prevent spreading the virus to others. Denton, Fort Worth, and Collin County were soon to follow.

Remain Calm

We have dealt with virus outbreaks in the past, natural disasters, and more, and we can overcome this one as well. Get the minimum supplies you need and check on your neighbors and loved ones to see if they have what they need. Supporting the efforts of first responders and healthcare workers by following suggestions by the CDC and your city leaders are crucial to make room for the people who are sick and need immediate care. If everyone will do their part, we could be back to normal sooner. Stay Safe!

Read the Complete Disinfection Guide from CDC

For more info, go to CDC frequently asked questions

For updated resources from us, go to Resources


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