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Many of us are worried about the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. However, there are things you can do that might help prevent yourself, your family and friends, as all those around you from getting sick.
This helps limit the spread of droplets in the air. When you cough or sneeze into your elbow you are unlikely to touch that area and transmit germs to others.
Spending a few extra seconds at the sink with soap and water can help eliminate the spread of germs. Make sure the soap covers all portions of the hands, including in between the fingers and on your palms, and wash for 20 seconds. Here’s an idea: sing Happy Birthday in your head since that takes roughly 20 seconds. Rinse your hand thoroughly and use a paper towel to turn the faucet off.
Regular paper masks may help protect others but only when you're sick. Why? Because when you cough, the droplets and infectious material get stopped by the mask.
The thicker, tighter-fitting masks that health professionals wear are one of their defenses against treating sick people. But it is not recommended that the general public wear these masks in everyday life.
And practice the prevention ideas above.