Since the mass outbreak of COVID-19 more commonly known as “Coronavirus”, the nation has been informed of numerous ways to help prevent the Virus. Unlike Italy, the United States has not declared a state of emergency, forcing residents to stay in their homes and to not leave, the CDC has given us a few we can be socially responsible and help reduce the spread of this national pandemic. As college students, we are all aware of the “Self- quarantining” and the avoid people and places jokes, unfortunately, they’re a reality.
It’s advised that we stay in our homes, and try to avoid as much human contact as possible. Doing this slows down the spread of Coronavirus and prevents the virus to spread to inanimate objects that millions of people touch each day such as grocery carts, door handles, workout facilities and so much more. Another step to prevent the spread is strongly recommended, that being hygiene. Many people use public bathrooms, and yes, wash their hands, but not for long enough, or with soap. The CDC recommends everyone wash their hands at least every hour for 20 seconds, even if you’re at home with just your family. They also say to frequently do your laundry. By doing this, it assures everything is clean and not risking any type of bodily fluids of touching your blankets, sheets, pillowcases, etc…
Hand sanitizer is a must! Yes, almost everywhere you go its sold out. sanitizing your hands frequently kills the germs off your palms, and fingers and is good to have with you 24/7 just for the off chance of something happening. Lastly, another good tip for helping prevent the spread would be to wear a face mask and gloves if you happen to go out of your house and into the public. It may seem silly to wear a mask in public but I assure you the crisis we’re going through nothing is too extreme to help. Masks help you from breathing in bad air, and harmful substances that could occur and put your lungs and fresh air you take in at risk. Secondly, gloves help prevent the spread of germs from you to other things you touch while you are out, this may also be seen as extreme, but it also helps when you grab a shelf or items from the shelf then put it back.
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Watch Ryan Martin’s video here on social distancing and his experience with the quarantine.