Coronavirus: Dos and Don’ts To Keep You Safe


Coronavirus, COVID-19, has instilled an unnecessary fear within the public across the world. Many myths and misinformation are circulating around the internet about the novel coronavirus and how

rapidly it is infecting people. Medical experts have been requesting people to prepare and take precautions against the coronavirus, but there is no need to panic. Practice social distancing of at least 6 ft apart, wear a mask when you are out in public and stay at home.

Here are some of the Dos and Don’ts about the coronavirus:


Current status: Updated as of August 11, 2020

After 3 months of stay-at-home quarantine, the across United States, state by state are slowly opening back businesses with a 3 phase approach. With over 100,000 small businesses permanently closed due to this quarantine, one wonders how soon will Americans recover from this economical turmoil.

What is not fair is protesting is allowed across the country, but people’s livelihood have to wait…With the outbreak of protestors (and looters) over the tragic death of George Floyd still more and more American are getting infected (and infecting their families) due to NOT keeping 6 feet social distancing. The curve in many states have not flatten and we are no where near to herd immunity.


DO: Wash your hands

Washing your hands is essential. Health watchdogs are urging people to wash their hand several times a day for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water can be used to wash hands. Hand sanitizers with a minimum 60% of alcohol are recommended if you are no where near a sink. You must wash your hands before cooking and eating, after going to the bathroom, and after coughing or sneezing… and wash your hand the first thing when you come home from anywhere!


DO: Recognize Symptoms

Educate yourself about the signs of the coronavirus. They are very comparable to the flu. The common symptoms include fever, difficulty in breathing, and cough. Not everyone who have a runny nose initially necessarily means that they have coronavirus. This virus is known to be fatal only to the elderly, and especially those who have existing underlying conditions.


DO: Take Precautions

Instead of looking for treatments after you catch the virus, it is better that you take precautions to avoid it in the first place. If you are over 60 years old, or already going through a condition, you have more chances of getting the coronavirus. Therefore, you should stay out of the public places to avoid coming into contact with the virus. Right now, people with a high risk of getting coronavirus are senior citizens, people with heart diseases, diabetic patients, or people with lung diseases.


DO: Reconsider International Travel

If you have plans to travel internationally, you should seriously reconsider the plans. According to CDC guidelines, all non-essential personnel should not travel to South Korea and China. The CDC has strongly warned Americans especially those over 60 to not travel and go on cruises. If you can postpone your travels than do so. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


DO: Get Supplies

Get all the necessary supplies at home that you can utilize if someone gets sick or needs to be quarantined. This supply includes any medicine needed for the family, pain relievers and antiseptics. The CDC has also advise those over 60 years of age to stock up on plenty of food and veggies.

According to research, coronavirus can live on surfaces for several days, so it is necessary to sanitize counters and floor as well as other living areas so that it’s virus-free.

Even though, COVID-19 has not been declared pandemic yet; however it is highly expected to become one. Therefore, you should gather the supply of food, medicine, and water for at least 2-weeks as a precaution.


DO: Get Help

If you feel difficulty in breathing, has fever and cough, then get help by calling your doctor to know about the protocol in this situation. You should avoid getting to your nearest clinic as if you have coronavirus you can increase the chances of spreading it.


DO: Cough or Sneeze Appropriately

It would be best if you coughed or sneezed into a tissue or the crook of the elbow to avoid spreading the virus. Get rid of the tissue instantly and throw it in a covered bin. This precaution should be practiced even if you are not in danger of the coronavirus because it prevents the spread of common flu. 


DO: Wear a Mask if You Go Outside Your House

At the start of the outbreak, the World Health Organization recommended that people only wear a mask if they suspect that they have caught the coronavirus. As of April 10th, Los Angeles, California is the first city in the country to mandate all residences in the county to wear a face mask when you leave your house in order to mitigate the chances of spreading coronavirus.


DO NOT: Touch Your Face

Do not touch your face, eyes, mouth, or nose as the virus can easily enter your body through the face. It is a precaution so that even if you have come into contact with coronavirus, the virus will not enter your body if you do not touch your face.


DO NOT: Travel

If you have fever, cough, or any other symptoms, do not travel. If you feel sick on a flight, let the crew know immediately. Once you get home, contact your doctor or a medical expert. 


And Definitely DO NOT go on a Cruise

With hundreds infected and over 6 deaths so far on the Diamond Princess and Grand Princess, Cruises around the world are offering travelers free drinks to entice travelers from not cancelling their tickets. Do not fall for this. And if you do get on a cruise ship, be prepare to be stranded and quarantine for 2 weeks when it’s over. There is a very high probability of contracting coronavirus, and you also have a good chance of getting E-coli, salmonella and rhinovirus which are all common viruses amoungst cruise ships.


DO NOT: Panic

Health organizations and medical experts are emphasizing the fact that the chances of getting coronavirus are very low. If you are being precautious, washing your hands properly, and have not travelled internationally, then there is no need to get panicked. 


DO NOT: Go to Public Places

Do not go outside unnecessarily. Even if you have to go out, avoid mass transportation, cabs or ride-sharing services. If you want to see your doctor, you should call first. 


DO NOT: Hang Out with Family Who are Infected

If you suspect that one of your family member or pets may have coronavirus, do not spend time with them. CDC is still not sure about the pets getting the virus, so it is better if you avoid suspected pets until further information is released in this matter. Eating and sleeping should be done separately from the family members, in case one of them is showing symptoms of the COVID-19.


DO NOT: Take Antibiotics

There is no use of using antibiotics in case of the coronavirus because antibiotic only work on the diseases caused by bacteria. Therefore, even if you have some antibiotics in your home, you should not use them, because they are not effective against COVID-19 at all.


DO: Wear a Mask if you are NOT Sick

Contrary to popular belief, you should wear a mask even if you are not sick. Masks are helpful in protecting others from getting into contact with the virus. If you are healthy, a mask will not be useful for you. Due to the high demand of the mask since the coronavirus outbreak, masks are in shortage in the market. Therefore, you should leave the mask for sick people or medical experts who really require them.

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