How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus 2019
As coronavirus spreads throughout the world, people are looking for ways to protect themselves from getting sick. We care about everyone’s health. We prepare a quick video that can give you the facts of the virus and tips on how to protect yourself.
What is the Coronavirus?
This common term used for the current virus actually describes a family of viruses that can affect humans and animals. That family of viruses is responsible for the common cold, as well as more severe diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome). More specifically, this virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2.”
The illness the virus causes is COVID-19, which stands for "coronavirus disease 2019." COVID-19 is the name of the disease, not the virus.
Facts of the Coronavirus
1. Disease can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
2. For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.
people with asthma and HIV, and people with underlying diseases,
including heart disease,
lung disease and
diabetes are more high risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19
3. Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
Symptoms of the Coronavirus
You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 :
Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you have any of these symptoms.
Tips on how to protect yourself from coronavirus
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Boost your immune system, by doing daily activities and eat healthy.
Try to stay calm, don’t put too much stress into yourself. It will only make things worse.
What Stay at Home Means to You?
Isolation at home is critical in the fight against Coronavirus. In this confusing and stressful time, we want to make sure you have access to the information and resources you need.
It is very important to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out. But don’t worry: some things will still be open so you can get essentials. For instance, you can leave home to get food at the grocery store, care for relatives, go to the doctor, and pick up meds at the pharmacy. However, it is essential that you only go out if you have to. Otherwise, don’t.
See the chat below that outlines what is likely open versus closed. Save it, take a screenshot, or print it out so you can always keep in mind which options are available to you, or not, right now. Public transportation should not be utilized unless urgent and extremely necessary. This is an evolving situation. Stay up-to-date on changes to what’s open by going to your local or state government website.
Remember to do the world a favor by following your local public health guidelines and stay home so we can stop spreading the virus.