Protect Yourself from COVID-19

These days, you can’t read, watch, or listen to the news without hearing about the COVID-19 outbreak. You also can’t go far without seeing, reading, or hearing about what you can do to protect yourself from the illness.

Unfortunately, not all the information being shared is accurate. So, let’s make sure you’ve got good information.

First of all, a couple of don’ts:

Don’t wear a mask to avoid the disease – even the U.S. Surgeon General has said they’re not effective.

Don’t think hand sanitizers will protect you. They’re good, but simply washing your hands well is better.

And now for what you can you do:

Wash your hands, thoroughly and often. COVID-19 sits on surfaces waiting for you to touch them. Once you do, the best way to get rid of the virus is with soap and water.

Don’t touch your face. Doing that is the most likely way you’ll introduce the virus to your system.

Stay away from people who are sick.

Clean “high-touch” surfaces often with disinfectants (alcohol is especially effective again COVID-19). This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards and bedside tables.

In addition, experts suggest that everyone have a 30-day supply of essential medicines and prescriptions, as well as staples such cold medicines, pain relievers and laundry detergent.

And, if you are not feeling well, help to protect everyone else: Stay home, keep visitors away, and maintain good disease-control practices.

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