Symptoms have included:1
- difficulty breathing
- pneumonia in both lungs
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” twice, and if that’s not possible, then use a generous amount of hand sanitizer. 0
In public places, use paper towels to open the door and to close the faucet then throw those in the trash on the way out.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 2
When Coughing or Sneezing
- cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand2
- dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards2
Disinfect Hard Surfaces
When your hands are clean, use disinfecting wipes to clean the hard surfaces you may touch.
Using wipes on soft surfaces could lead to a wet surface and spreading of germs rather than killing them.
Disinfecting wipes typically say on the packaging how long a surface needs to stay wet in order for them to work. That time can range from 30 seconds to a few minutes. In order for the wipes to work, you need to follow those time requirements.0
People should be more careful of touching something dirty then putting their hands on their faces.0
Stock up on Essentials
At this time, it makes sense to fill your cupboards with non-perishable food items, so that you do not need to go shopping if you become sick.
It is easier on the supply chain if people gradually build up their household stores instead of making large-scale purchases all at once. To do this, you can add a few extra items to your grocery cart every time you shop.
- dried pasta and sauce
- canned vegetables and beans
- toilet paper
- facial tissue
- alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- household cleaning products
- regular detergents for washing dishes and doing laundry3