As we all know, right now is a very hectic time for not only the United States but the entire world. A couple weeks ago, a new flu-like virus, called COVID-19, spread throughout China and started to reach other parts of the world. At this time, we are now in a pandemic. States, countries, businesses, and governments are starting to shutdown and enforce curfews and quarantines to protect those who do not yet have the virus and to stop the spread of it. While everyone else is shutting down, we plan to stay hard at work to go above and beyond for our clients, but that’s not without taking major precautions to stop the contraction and spread of the deadly COVID-19.
How It Spreads
In order to understand how to fight the virus, it is essential to understand how it spreads. Keep in mind that this is a flu-like virus, which means it can be very, very to contract. There are two major ways for you to get COVID-19, both of which are extremely hard to stop, which is why many organizations and governments are encouraging self-distancing and quarantines. One of the common ways to become contaminated is through respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets are usually come in contact with when someone who contains the virus coughs and/or sneezes, this allows contaminated respiratory droplets to float through the air. If you are within 6 feet of someone who coughs or sneezes, it is possible for these droplets to land in your mouth or nose allowing you to inhale the droplets into your lungs. If these droplets contain the COVID-19 strain, you will likely contract the virus. Another more common way is through touch. If someone sneezes or coughs into their hand without washing afterwards, and they shake your hand, you will likely be infected once you touch your face or mouth.
This is the reason this virus is so dangerous. These two main sources of contraction, have a high likely hood of happening on a daily basis, between millions of people. Since it is so easily spread, there are tons of precautions that every individual should take!
With the current situation, there are steps you must take in order to protect yourself from this deadly virus. The best thing you can do is wash your hands, A LOT! While most people know this rule, it’s important to remind you that you should wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. This should be top of mind after you shake hands, touch public surfaces such as door handles, or if you come in contact with someone or something that could possibly contaminated.
If soap and water are not readily available, make sure you carry around hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol in it. Even if you have either of these things, you should make sure to refrain from touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. The CDC also recommends you stay at very least 6 feet from other people. You may hear this be considered “social isolation”.
Protecting Others from COVID-19
Now since the COVID-19 virus is so easily spread, you’re not the only one you should worry about. According to the CDC, a host of the virus may not see the symptoms until 2-14 days after they were exposed. The biggest issue is that even if you are a host of the virus, you may not see the symptoms for a while but you’re still contagious.
These symptoms can include the following:
- shortness of breath
If you see any of these symptoms, even if they may not be the virus many are scared of, it is still wise to stay inside and not come in contact with others. The next pre-caution to take is to cover all sneezes and coughs with some type of disposable cloth. After coughing or sneezing, you should throw away the cloth and proceed to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, as mentioned above.
You should consider wearing a face mask as well if you are sick in any way. Whether it be the COVID-19 or a common flu, you will want to protect others from contracting any sickness by using a face mask to block any respiratory droplets from infecting others. If you are not sick, you may not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is.
The best precautionary action is cleaning and disinfecting. We all have to put aside time for a “spring cleaning”, you might as well take this time to quarantine yourself and clean the entire house! Make sure to not only clean, but also disinfect each surface as well. Surfaces to pay attention to are door handles, light switches, tables, desks, keyboards, sinks, etc. Anything that you or a guest may touch frequently should be cleaned as if it had COVID-19
At the end of the day, we all need to do our part to help stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. Not only are we responsible for ourselves but we are also responsible for helping others to not contract the virus as well. If we all do our part, we may see the end to this quite soon. As of now, we do not have any update on shut downs or curfews, but we will update our community as we receive them.
Brown Home Group @ Keller Williams Advantage II Realty