What are some preventative mergers that you can take to prevent COVID 19?
Perform hand hygiene. When you cough or sneeze make sure to cover your mouth to protect others around you. Dispose of the tissue or whatever you used to cover your mouth properly and use hand sanitizers afterward.
Wearing a surgical mask is not recommended because they’re meant to catch droplets from a cough or sneeze going out rather than preventing you from breathing in the virus. Similarly, wearing an N95 mask is not recommended because it’s only meant to be worn by healthcare workers. In addition, cleaning and sterilizing frequently-touched surfaces like toilet seats, door handles, phones, and keyboards are also a good idea. As always, careful hand-washing is key, and it should be done with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers and scrubbing for 20 seconds.
Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, this is the area known as your T-zone, it’s a common entry point for viruses into the body. For healthcare workers who are around people with COVID-19, the recommendation is to apply droplet and contact precautions, that includes wearing personal protective equipment like a clean dry surgical mask, gloves, long-sleeved gowns, and eye protection like goggles, or a face shield, when performing a procedure treatment, it’s important to wear an N95 respirator. This prevents 95% of the small particles like respiratory droplets from passing through. Avoid traveling to areas that have a high number of cases and avoid public gatherings, crowded places, and others who are sick, try self-quarantine to reduce the risk of getting infected.