Tips for Staying Healthy Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak
It seems like every time you listen to the news these days, there is always something new about the coronavirus or COVID-19. Although (as of this article) there are only 62 confirmed cases in the United States. Of the 62, only 3 have been caused by person to person transfers of the virus. While the US has relatively few cases, there have been 80,000 people infected around the world.
Even though the person to person transfer cases within the states have been very limited, it is important to take extra care to prevent the spreading of infectious diseases. Luckily, practicing the standard precautions for cold and flu season can help with prevention. Some of these precautions include:
- Washing your hands for at least 20-seconds before eating, after coughing or blowing your nose, and after using the bathroom
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and disinfect anything frequently touched items
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth, and when you cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- If you are sick, stay home.
Important Note: Masks should be used by people who are sick to help prevent the spread of the illness rather than a healthy individual to protect themselves from the illness.
Often we go to the news outlets to see what they have to say about the progression and safety measures, but some of the best resources come directly from the health organizations focused on preventing and stopping the progression in the community. Below are some of our favorite resources on the topic:
Finally, we want to encourage providers and families to be prepared for the potential spread, but also be mindful of the current state of the situation. At this time, the coronavirus is not actively spreading in Arizona and we are not taking any special measures to adjust services.