The CDC believes the current risk to the American public is low when it comes to the Coronavirus, but there are still steps that individuals can take to protect themselves.
What Individuals Can Do
Here are a some recommendations from the CDC . Individuals and families can follow these everyday preventive measures.
• Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol
• Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also advises to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands and to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
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