Your Role in Preventing the Spread of CoronavirusMarch 18, 2020
By Amy Karlson
Keeping safe during the coronavirus is everyone's top priority. While most people may only experience mild symptoms, it's important to keep those who are more vulnerable safe. By following these tips, along with guidance from the CDC and public health officials, you can help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Wash your hands often.
Proper hand hygiene can prevent the spread of viruses. Use an antibacterial soap, wash for 20 seconds and dry your hands thoroughly. If you don't have soap, use hand sanitizer. Also, avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoid close contact.
Practice social distancing: Keep about six feet away from others as often as possible. If you must venture out, try to go during non-peak hours.
Skip handshakes and hugs.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through person-to-person contact, via respiratory droplets formed when a sick person coughs or sneezes. Instead, consider waving or simply smiling and saying "hello."
Practice cough etiquette.
Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, dispose of it properly and then wash or sanitize your hands. Don't reuse your tissues.
Keeping your home clean and disinfected will prevent the spread of coronavirus, and any other lurking germs. Remember surfaces like faucets, door knobs, refrigerator door handles and toilets.
When it comes to staying home, it's better to be safe and stay put if you've traveled or come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 — even if you don't have symptoms. If you start to feel ill, use telemedicine or call ahead before seeing your doctor.
What if you suspect you have coronavirus?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you can speak to one of our Virtual Urgent Care providers in the MyMethodist app to help determine if testing is needed and advise you on where you should go. You can also call your doctor for medical advice.