Coronavirus disease 2019 abbreviated as Covid 19 is a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person, it’s caused by a new virus that was first detected in China and has now been detected around the world including the United States the World Health Organization the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public, health authorities are still learning about this virus and are working hard to control it, spread and make sure our communities are prepared you can help
protect yourself and those around you from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like covid 19 by taking some simple precautions one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands often make sure to scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds if soap and water are not
available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol hand-washing isn’t the only preventive measure you should take to reduce the spread of germs. It’s also important to avoid close contact with people who are sick and keep at least 6 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then immediately throw the tissue in the trash, if you don’t have a tissue Koff our sneeze into a bent elbow instead never coughed or sneeze into your hands or into the air clean, frequently touched objects and surfaces daily such as tables countertops doorknobs light switches and cabinet
handles with household cleaners and disinfectants. stay home if you’re sick, if you have a fever cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care but be sure to call in advance your medical provider will be able to direct you to the appropriate facility in your area lastly, follow the CDC’s recommendations for
using a face mask face masks are not recommended for use by the general public rather, face masks should be worn by people who show symptoms of covid 19. To help prevent spreading the disease to
others face masks should also be worn by people taking care of someone with covid 19 such as loved ones or healthcare, workers while there is currently no vaccine to prevent covid 19 staying up-to-date on your other vaccinations, can help you stay healthy and protect it against other respiratory infections
if you haven’t already asked your health care provider about which vaccinations are recommended for you. if you have any questions about how to best protect yourself against respiratory illnesses like covid 19 talk to your health care provider.