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COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself and Others
As COVID-19 continues to make its way around the US, it is important to understand what you can do to protect yourself and others. There are some individuals who can develop serious complications from the virus and those include individuals who are elderly, those with lung or heart disease, those with asthma, and those who have diabetes. If you fall into any of these categories, you are considered to be at high risk as well.
How Does the Virus Spread?
One of the most important things to consider when thinking about COVID-19 is that there is no vaccine to prevent it. While researchers continue to work on a vaccine, they also continue to look for a medication that can assist in the symptoms too. The virus itself is spread from person to person and this is why social distancing is recommended.
Specifically, the virus spreads through droplets that are let out into the air when an infected person coughs, talks, or sneezes. If these droplets then land on your face, mouth, or nose, you can breathe them in and then become infected with the virus.
Recent studies that have been conducted show that people can have the virus and show no symptoms. This means that you could be standing next to someone who does not look sick but can spread the virus to you!
What Can I Do to Protect Myself and Others?
There are a few things that you can do to protect yourself and others from catching COVID-19. First, you want to make sure that you are always washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You should scrub between your fingers too.
You always want to wash your hands after you have gone out in public, touched a surface that someone else touched, blown your nose, sneezed, or coughed.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes at all times, unless you have clean hands.
Lastly, you should use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol when soap is not available for you to use.
Other Helpful Things to Remember
• Do not come into close contact with someone who is ill
• Maintain social distancing and stay 6 feet apart from others
• Stay away from people who are considered high risk
• Remember that people can spread the virus without showing any symptoms
• Remain at home and only go out for necessities
• Disinfect your home regularly
• Clean all surfaces that are touched
• Throw out any used tissues immediately
• Keep your nose and mouth covered with a face mask when around others and in public
• Immediately wash your hands after you sneeze or cough
The team at Steve S. Kim, DDS in Torrance, CA provides quality dental care to its patients. We know this is a hard time for you and we are here to answer any questions you may have. Please, do not hesitate to give our Torrance, CA office a call today!