Personal precautions and illness prevention strategies

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with greater than 60% alcohol. It is especially important to wash/sanitize your hands after returning home from any activity that involves locations where other people have been.

  • Avoid shaking hands. Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

  • Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's entrances and in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands. Use a paper towel or disposable gloves to handle potentially contaminated objects.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick. Keep sick children home from school until they’re fever-free for at least 24 hours without medication.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Use your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc. Lift the gasoline dispenser with paper towel or use a disposable glove.

  • Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

  • Use disinfectant wipes at stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

  • When sneezing or coughing use your elbow only if you have to - clothing on your elbow can contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more.

  • Consider stocking up on:

    • Latex or nitrile latex gloves for use when you come in contact with potentially contaminated areas (i.e. gas pump, shopping carts, etc.)

    • Hand sanitizer (greater than 60% alcohol)

    • Zinc lozenges, which have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY "cold-like" symptoms beginning.

    • Disposable surgical masks to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (note that they are not effective in preventing you from being infected).

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