To Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe, ‘Do the Five’

Washing hands

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, so the best defense against the virus is to “Do the Five.”

If you’re unsure of the World Health Organization’s five-point plan for prevention, here is a refresher course.

HANDS: Wash them often

Frequently scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Soap and sanitizers kill viruses, including COVID-19, that may be on your hands. It’s especially important to wash after you’ve visited a public place, blown your nose, coughed or sneezed.

ELBOW: Cough into it

Speaking of coughs and sneezes, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you feel them coming on. You want to contain the droplets in a tissue, throw it in the trash and then wash your hands. If a cough or sneeze sneaks up on you, sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow.

FACE: Don’t touch it

Despite your best efforts to keep your hands clean, they touch many surfaces and pick up germs. Keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth, where viruses can enter your body.

SPACE: Keep safe distance

Stay at least 6 feet away from others. If you are any closer, you can breathe in droplets of infected fluid if someone coughs or sneezes.

HOME: Stay if you can

Each interaction with another person or with surfaces touched by other people increases your risk of getting COVID-19. So minimize the risk to you and your family by staying home. To ensure your home remains a safe zone, frequently clean high-touch items such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

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