The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm and is not lessening its grip yet. Our world as we know it has definitely slowed down and nearly been halted due to this virus.
The media outlets have definitely been keeping everyone up-to-date with the latest news on the virus, and the threat of pandemonium is real. There have been videos showing people rushing to shop for hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, dish and laundry detergents, and water -- to the point where some merchants have put rations to the amount purchased or their shelves are completely empty.
With all the hype out there, what do we really need to know?
President Trump advised on March 16, 2020, there is not a nationwide lockdown as of this point and he recommends avoiding groups of 10 persons or more. There is no national curfew yet. If one person in the household gets the virus, the entire household should quarantine themselves for at least 15 days. If you have had the coronavirus, you need to have two negative cultures 24 hours apart to be cleared.
Unless your community is quarantined and leaving your house is restricted, carry on with these simple tips:
Personal Space. Keep a distance of 6 feet away from everyone. If someone near you sneezes, turn away from them or remind them to sneeze into their elbow.
Wash Your Hands. In public places, and at home, use soap and wash your hands for a minimum of 30 seconds. Resist touching your face, after touching common space items, such as door handles, toilet handles, faucet fixtures, grocery carts, railings, credit card readers, ATMs, etc. Yes, remember to wash before eating.
Skip the Face Mask: In public, the only people that should be wearing face masks are those who are sick, and not necessarily with COVID-19. Healthy people should not wear surgical face masks, as it could potentially increase your chances of getting sick because you have to touch your face to put it on and adjust it.
If You Are Sick: Stay home.
No Touching: Resist the urge to greet someone by shaking their hand, hugging and/or kissing. Try a fist bump, an elbow bump, a foot tap, or even a Vulcan salute (a raised hand with the palm forward and the thumb extended, while the fingers are parted between the middle and ring finger). Whatever your choice, avoid close contact greetings (keep in mind this is just temporary!)
Wait it out
With all the media updates, the cancellations, the postponements, and with the virus increasingly closer to our communities, it is challenging, but resist the urge to panic. Do not allow fear to wedge into your well-made plans, and uproot your sanity. COVID-19 will not be here forever.
With these helpful tips, a bit of common sense and before you know it, the season of COVID-19 will have passed.