Health and wellness are once again atop of everyone’s mind these days as the world faces the threats posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Highly contagious, COVID-19 has the ability to impact every one of us, including those who are considered at high-risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness include older adults (seniors) and people who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
While we all hunker down and do our part to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, there are many ways you can prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
We’ve compiled the top five tips everyone should keep in mind to stay safe and healthy:
- Wash your hands… and wash often! One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. A great tip for children is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Avoid needlessly touching your face with your hands. Your mouth, nose and eyes are very sensitive and make it easy for germs and viruses to enter your body.
- Disinfect everything as often as possible. From door handles to light switches, countertops to cell phones, tablet computers to toys – if you touch it, disinfect it often. This is especially important when you are out and about and come home. Cell phones in particular are notorious for rarely being cleaned and can hold lots of bacteria. Disinfectant wipes and sprays are ideal solutions for cleaning.
- Do not visit clinics or the hospital emergency room if you are sick. This applies to you, your children, and other loved ones. If you are sick, please call your primary care physician or the hospital emergency room prior to showing up. They can advise over the telephone the best course of action you need to take. These precautions are designed to prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 should you be infected.
- Be kind. Be patient. Remember that we are all in this together. Whether you are healthy or ill, all our actions affect one another.
Whatever lies ahead, remember that Faith Community Health System will be here ready to respond at a moment’s notice. We continue to work with the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay atop of pertinent health news and we will always share any important updates with the community.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local Faith Community Rural Health Clinic or Faith Community Hospital. We’re here to help.