How do you reduce your chances of catching COVID-19? There has been so much contradicting news about this pandemic, it can be difficult to know what is fact versus fiction. And with summer in full swing, it’s likely our exposure to people both indoors and outdoors could increase, making it more important than ever to know what is accurate information. Below you’ll find a list to help you learn what is true about the virus and how to stay protected.
Everyone should wear a mask in public, whether they are indoors or outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a cloth face-covering in public whenever they are outside of their house. This is because cloth face coverings can help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus, and oftentimes, people might not know if they have the virus. For example, someone could have COVID-19 but not experience any symptoms. This is why it’s important to wear your mask any time you leave your home and are around people who do not live in your household.
According to the CDC, people who have had COVID-19 have experienced a wide range of symptoms. These symptoms can be mild or severe and can include: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
This does not include all possible symptoms.
Wearing gloves while running errands such as grocery shopping, getting gas, or going to an ATM will not necessarily protect you from getting COVID-19. Your best defense against COVID is washing your hands regularly, especially after any outing. You should wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
You should however wear gloves when cleaning or caring for someone who is sick.
While a vaccine is currently being worked on, there is not yet a vaccine available. This will most likely take upwards of several months.
You should maintain a social distance of six feet apart from any person who does not live in your household. This applies whether you are inside or outside.
Hot outdoor temperatures most likely will not make COVID-19 go away. In fact, it is believed that this virus will still cause people to get sick even in warmer temperatures (such as during summer months).
Bleach is highly toxic to humans if consumed and should not be placed on your body. You should only use bleach on surfaces in your home, such as countertops and cabinet handles, to serve as a disinfectant.
The Coronavirus is believed to primarily spread from person to person. Specifically, through respiratory droplets that are produced when a person who is infected coughs, sneezes, or talks. Those droplets then land in the mouth, nose, or lungs of people nearby. This is why it is important to practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet apart from one another.
Despite what many people believe, you can still catch COVID-19 outside. To reduce your risk of catching the virus in the outdoors, you should:
According to the CDC, if you get sick or someone in your house gets sick:
According to the CDC, if you had contact with someone who has COVID-19:
The following symptoms are considered emergency medical symptoms (please note these are not all possible symptoms):
Knowing the facts about COVID-19 will reduce your chances of catching the virus and help you to stay safe and healthy.