Monday, March 9, 2020

Avoiding New Coronavirus: COVID-19 by Hand Washing, Not Touching Your Face, and Coughing into Your Sleeve

Stay home if you're sick, telecommute by working at home, and taking school classes at home. When the tests become available and if you are feeling ill, call your primary physician to see if you should come in, don't just plan to go in unannounced. Avoid gatherings of people, particularly large groups and more particularly to and from areas already known to have encountered, or reasonably suspected, a COVID-19 infection.

Emphasis has been placed on the "regular" hand washing procedure which, in order to be effective, needs to be done for a period of time no less than 20 seconds. Avoid hand rails and other publicly utilized surfaces if possible and safe to do so. Keep your hands away from your face. Cough into your sleeve to avoid open airborne spread. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% content of alcohol and keep rubbing the initial application into the hands until the hands become dry.

Be a non-handshaking individual and work to make your place of employment or school a location for not shaking hands as a greeting which also includes fist bumps. When wearing sleeves, elbow bumps are another safer option. Think about "greeting contact" before being surprised by another's quick grabbing of your hand. The Japanese ancient tradition of the greeting bow is the safest of all.

The organization, Mothership, offers this "helpful advice" in your timing of hand washing:

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