It has taken over the news stations and caused a state of emergency to be declared here in California. So should you be rushing to the store to buy out all of the face masks, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper? Please, DON’T. Stop, take a deep breath, and understand that panic-buying doesn’t help anyone. And take the same precautions you should already be taking to prevent the spread of common respiratory viruses such as the flu and common cold:
Wash your hands! With soap and water! For at least 20 seconds!
Use hand sanitizer when soap and water isn’t available, and make sure to thoroughly cover hands and then allow to air dry.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze! Not with your hands! Use a tissue or your elbow or upper sleeve.
Don’t forget to throw away the used tissue.
Don’t touch your face! When you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, you give germs on your hands direct access to enter your body through your mucous membranes.
Stay away from sick people! Maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from anyone who is sneezing or coughing.
If you feel sick, stay home! Don’t spread your germs!
Use surface disinfectant! Wipe down frequently touched objects with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, or other appropriate disinfectant.
Learn proper use of face masks! They are only necessary if you or someone you are caring for has respiratory symptoms! And don’t put them on upside down, inside out, just covering your mouth, etc!
The mask must fit snugly to be effective. Pinch the metal strip to mold it to the shape of your nose.