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COVID-19 Officially Declared A Pandemic By The World Health Organization: Now What?
Here’s Everything You Need To Know To Stay Safe During The Outbreak
It’s true, the COVID-19 pandemic is real and it’s certainly here to stay for the foreseeable future. At this point in time, the virus has spread across six our of seven continents, it has killed thousands, and has infected half a million people from all around the world. The World Health Organization has officially declared the virus a global pandemic, and here in the US, the CDC and the White House have joined together to embrace the President’s “15 Days To Slow The Spread” guidelines. At this point in time, it isn’t certain whether or not these measures alone will be enough to stop the spread of the virus throughout the United States.
For that very reason, we’re here to tell you everything that you need to know to ensure that you and your family stay safe during the outbreak. Let’s take a look down below.
Boosting Your Immune System
At the end of the day, the COVID-19 virus spreads quickly and is most often spread when coming into contact with someone who is carrying the virus. Most commonly this occurs through physical contact, or when particles from someone’s saliva, say through coughing or sneezing, are ingested by your own body. In addition, the virus can also spread by coming into contact with a contaminated surface, although this is less likely.
One of the most important things you can do during this time is to make sure that you’re giving your immune system the much-needed boost that it craves. This means doing everything from washing your hands for twenty seconds at a time with hot water frequently, taking your vitamins, eating healthy, exercising, and remaining well-rested and anxiety-free. Now, in such a scary time, that’s way easier said than done, but as more and more of us find ourselves quarantined at home, it’s imperative that we follow these guidelines and boost our immune systems.
The CDC guidelines are pretty clear to see – social distancing is becoming increasingly more and more important as the virus continues to spread from city to city and state to state. The CDC recommends avoiding close contact with people who are sick – even if those people happen to live in the same home as you. In addition, they recommend maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others when out in public.
So, if you have to travel to the grocery store, be sure to bring hand sanitizer and to stay at least 6 feet away from others in the store. Even though this could be difficult, do your best to follow these guidelines. Similarly for outdoor exercising – avoid public parks, and if that’s your only place to get some fresh air, be sure that you’re at least 6 feet away from others.
Cleaning & Disinfecting
The CDC also recommends that you clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces each and every day. This can include everything from tables and chairs, to doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and more. And don’t forget about your electronic devices! COVID-19 can live on surfaces, and it can certainly spread that way as well, so do everything you can to ensure that your surfaces are clean.
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