As this viral season progresses, we are encountering a lot of information both real and false. It is important to remember that COVID-19 is prevented like all other respiratory viruses such as influenza. Taking precautions such as good hand washing, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, stay home if you are feeling ill, and cleaning and disinfecting phones and door handles can go a long way in stopping the spread of a virus. Most people with the COVID-19 virus are recovering within a few days and are no longer a risk to others once they are well.
As with other viruses, if your immune system is not strong be extra careful and try to avoid public places where you will be in close contact with others for more than a few minutes. Close contact is within less than 6 feet. A practical tip on monitoring close contact is to think about staying two arm lengths away. Reach and almost touch fingertips to measure distance if someone is feeling ill. A virus travels on droplets from a cough or sneeze and cannot travel very far as gravity takes over. Viruses however can live on objects which is why good hand washing and the cleaning common objects that others might use or touch is important.
We encourage everyone to be mindful and practice these practical tips as daily habits even everyday of the year, not just during a heightened viral season.
Written by, Dr. Bessie Burk, FNP
For up to date reporting on COVID-19 please visit the CDC