As the number of cases of COVID-19 rises in the United States, we must make sure we are taking precautions in protecting ourselves from contracting, as well as spreading the virus. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to protect yourself from the virus. Unfortunately, at this time, there is also no specific treatment once the virus is contracted.These factors have led to a country-wide panic. We are all currently at-risk of contracting the virus, especially those over the age of 65. Therefore, we should subconsciously be getting into the routine of doing these every-day tasks to protect ourselves as much as possible. Here are some obvious, but also some underlying ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 in this time of crisis.
Obvious Ways to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
- Wash your hands often, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol - Click here for a short video on what you need to know about hand-washing from the CDC
- Cover your cough and sneezes – COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets
- Maintain a 6-foot distance from others when possible – The virus is mainly spread from person-to-person quickly
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth at all times – Touching your face with unclean hands allows germs to cause illness and infections in your body
- Avoid chewing on your fingernails - They harbor much bacteria under them (especially fake, acrylic nails)
- Get into the routine of disinfecting frequently used surfaces daily – You can use alcohol-based products, bleach, or other common household disinfectants
Underlying Ways to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
- Wipe down things such as groceries and packages before handling them - Immediately wash your hands after wiping them down AND after you are finished with the items
- Plan for “what-ifs” – Because we don’t know what to expect from this turbulent virus, have a plan in place with various scenarios in the case of an emergency
- Take care of yourself - Eat a well-balanced diet, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep
- Keep foods that will not spoil in case of a country-wide quarantine – Such as Gatorade, granola bars, pasta, etc.
- Keep puzzles, board games, books, and apps on your phone that contain games to stay mentally engaged through this period of social distancing
- Make sure to decipher reliable resources from the unreliable – there is much speculation about COVID-19, but they are not all facts
Click here for frequently asked questions about the virus, answered directly by the CDC
Click here for general information and additonal tips on prevention from COVID-19 in older adults, ages 65 and older.
We understand this is an unsettling time for all, and we don’t exactly know what the future will hold. You don’t have to do this alone. CAB will continue to serve with compassion and integrity through this time of uncertainty and crisis. If you need assistance with the tasks of daily living, errands, meal prep, grocery ordering, medication management, or help navigating this crisis from a professional nurse Care Manager, call us at (865) 444-6787. For additional resources and ways to remain healthy during this time, click here for CAB’s blog website.
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