Handwashing is the best defense against Coronavirus.

by Joe Johnson, on February 7,2020

The coronavirus, or 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), outbreak began in 2019 in Wuhan, China, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province with a population of over 11 Million. The early cases were all associated with a large seafood and animal market implying animal to human infection, but now the illness is being passed from patient to patient. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The cases have ranged from mildly sick to severely ill and dying. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

With the infection and fatality rates increasing dramatically, the World Health Organization begins to debate if this outbreak is to be considered an epidemic. With over 7,711 confirmed cases, 5 of which are in the United States, and a death toll of 170, obviously this is not an issue to be ignored.  

We are so grateful for all the brave men and women working tirelessly to help the infected. Everyone must remember the increased risk healthcare professionals are faced with. It is crucial that they take extra care with their hygiene to avoid contracting 2019-nCoV.

We want to empower you with the best defense against Coronavirus.

Preventative measures can be taken to both ensure you stay healthy and that the disease makes no more progress. Follow the tips below to help stop this outbreak.

  1. Wash your hands, effectively and frequently. This simple practice is the single best way to help make sure this disease is controlled and eradicated. Check out this post containing helpful handwashing tips.

  2. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue and then dispose of the tissue.

  3. Be diligent with disinfecting objects and surfaces you frequently touch.

  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

These may seem like simple measures which often results in being overlooked, but they are extremely effective, especially when adopted by the masses. Do your part to help slow this disease by following the protocol outlined above and be an advocate and educator to others about this. Share below to help others stay safe too!

 

Topics:Hand Hygiene ResourcesCOVID-19

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