The coronavirus outbreak has many people worried, but instead of letting yourself get caught up in the fear, it’s more productive to be informed. As with any other illness, you can protect yourself if you follow some basic steps. Here’s how to keep yourself safe from the coronavirus:
1. Wash your hands.
Every public restroom has this sign up for a reason. The point of washing your hands is to kill germs that you pick up from touching everyday surfaces. Viruses can live for a surprising amount of time on things like countertops, door handles and the like, but they can also be killed with soap and disinfectants containing alcohol. Whether you’re in a public place or the comfort of your own home, regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water.
2. Avoid crowded locations.
The best way to avoid getting sick is to avoid those who already are. Simple, right? Limiting your exposure means you’ll be less likely to be infected, so stay away from crowded public places. When you have to leave the house, keep at least three feet between you and others when possible, and cover your nose and mouth if you suspect you’re near someone who’s sick.
3. Don’t touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.
These are the easiest places for a virus to enter your body, so don’t give it a free ride. After you’ve been in a public place, don’t touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands thoroughly. Even then, it’s best to avoid contact.