Covid -19 also known as the “Coronavirus” has completely taken over our lives and has changed life as we know it. The respiratory disease was first discovered in China back in January and 3 months later, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus a pandemic as it rapidly spreads across the entire world. There are now more than 245,000 confirmed cases of the virus across the United States and many large cities have shut down in hopes that it will slow down the spread of the virus. Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State along with some other government officials have closed many public places and asked residents to remain in their homes to prevent unnecessary contact with others and prevent the spread of the virus.
The media is reporting that the most vulnerable group of people that can catch the virus are those with underlying health conditions and people over the age of 60 but that does not mean that the disease will skip over the youth. It is important that you know that everyone is vulnerable to this virus and you should take your health and safety very seriously. Common symptoms of the virus include fever, fatigue, severe cough and trouble breathing. Those who have contracted the virus state that they also experience chills, lose of appetite and body aches. Be sure that if you think you have been exposed to the virus or you are experiencing multiple symptoms that you contact your doctor.
“Social Distancing” has become the theme of 2020 so far. Every politician, hospital president, government official and celebrity has put out a PSA telling people to socially distance themselves from others. The idea is to stay home and away from people unless it is utterly necessary, limit the amount of time you spend outside your home and to stay at least 6 feet away from people when out in public. College students have been forced to leave campus and finish the remainder of the semester online. Grammar school and high school students across the country haven’t been to school in almost a month and some school districts have already announced that their students will not be returning to school for the remainder of the year. Grocery stores are almost empty as people are stocking up on food and personal items since we are unsure as to how long this coronavirus outbreak will last.
Here are a few tips that can help you reduce your chances of catching the virus.
1. Stay home!
Almost all government officials, including the President are urging citizens to stay home. This is an effort to keep people from possibly coming in contact with a sick person and potentially catching and spreading the virus. Only go out when it is necessary. That includes going to work, making grocery store runs and getting food.
2. Practice social distancing.
Social distancing does not mean you are confined to your home. It is ok to go out for some fresh air, take a walk, ride your bike etc. The idea is to limit your contact with other people. So while you are out at the store or catching a breath of fresh air, do it alone.
3. Wash your hands.
Keeping your hands clean at all times and making sure that you do not touch your eyes, mouth, nose or any other part of your face is a good way to protect yourself.
4. Stay home when you feel sick.
If you aren’t feeling well make sure you stay home. Monitor your symptoms and if you feel like there is something to worry about, contact your doctor.