Coronavirus: Preventative Measures and Keeping Your Family Safe

At some point in time or another over the past couple of months, you have probably heard about the Coronavirus. While it started showing up in Wuhan, China, it has quickly infiltrated many other countries including the US. Even though there is a lot of information we still don’t know about the virus, new discoveries are being made all the time thanks to continuous research from leading experts in the field.

Tips to Protect Your Family

However, there are a number of things that you can do to protect yourself and your family, including:

Restrict Travel

Avoid international travel until the virus has ran its course. Given the fact that the virus has already made its way into more than 60 countries in a matter of a few months, it’s best to stay home and try to avoid contracting the virus in the first place. While the majority of the 100+ cases in the US are in individuals who are returning from a trip overseas, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a chance that you can’t contract it in your local community. 

Still, why would you purposely travel to an area that you know is heavily infected and put yourself in harm’s way? Areas such as China, Italy, South Korea, Japan, and Iran are where the majority of cases have popped up, but that doesn’t mean countries like Russia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, and others aren’t still prone to a more widespread outbreak of the virus. The best thing you can do is to wait to travel until the virus has run its course and there isn’t the risk of a widespread contamination.

Wash Your Hands

As simple as this might sound, you would be surprised at how many people don’t wash their hands as often as they should. Have you ever been in a public restroom and watched someone walk out of the bathroom without even stopping to wash their hands? It happens more often than you might think. By washing your hands, you are keeping the germs at bay and preventing them from spreading from one person to another.

But, you also have to wash your hands the right way. A simple rinse with water isn’t sufficient. Washing your hands for a few seconds isn’t sufficient either. You need to spend about 20-30 seconds washing both the front and the back of your hand with a nice lather. In doing so, this will help reduce the chances of any germs hanging on and causing you to fall ill.

Cover Your Face

If you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, cover your face so as to prevent germs from spraying in the air and potentially infecting others. Regardless of whether you have a simple cold or something far more severe, you want to contain your own germs as much as possible. After all, who wants someone to sneeze at them or cough in their face in the first place?

If everyone takes this precaution and contains their own germs, it can prevent the virus from spreading through the air and infecting others. This simple preventative measure could help contain the spread and prevent it from being a major outbreak here in the US.

Stay Away from Large Gatherings

Large social gatherings are a breeding ground for sickness and illness. Think about it, you are in close quarters with hundreds, if not thousands of other individuals. You have no way of knowing who is practicing good hygiene and who isn’t. There is also no way of knowing who might be infected and who isn’t until it might be too late. Many individuals aren’t exhibiting symptoms until days after they contracted the virus in the first place.

Maintaining your distance from others is the best way you can keep your family safe. Try to maintain a distance of around six feet if possible. Because this isn’t possible at large gatherings and events, it’s far better to forgo attending the event and staying home for the time being. After all, is a concert worth the chance of falling ill with the Coronavirus and potentially passing away or infecting someone else in your family? A concert or event can wait. You only get one shot at life, so do what you can to protect yourself by staying away and buying tickets for a later time.

Use Hand Sanitizer

If you are out in public and unable to get to a restroom where you can wash your hands, the best thing you can do is to use a hand sanitizer with a 60%+ alcohol content. However, that doesn’t mean that you should use sanitizer as the go-to solution. Once you are able to find a place where you can wash your hands with soap and water, you should do so to keep yourself as safe as possible. While it’s a good temporary solution, it should only be used when there isn’t a better alternative.

Keep Surfaces Clean

How often do you clean the surfaces in your home? Many people only clean their surfaces when something is spilled on them and can’t just be wiped up with a paper towel. One of the best things you can do as a family is to clean the surfaces in your home at least a couple of times per week. In doing so, this will help minimize the chance of germs forming and spreading from one surface to the next.

The cleaner you can keep your space, the less chance that the disease can spread between rooms or from one person to another through contact. Use disinfectant wipes to clean sinks, counters, light switches, door handles and any other frequently touched surface.

Signs You Might Be Infected

One of the biggest questions running through many individual’s minds is how to know if they are infected. Because the Coronavirus shares a lot of the same similarities as that of the common flu, it isn’t as easy as you might think to know the difference between the two. However, a flu will often run its course a little quicker than what this virus will. It also tends to be a little more severe in terms of its symptoms and reactions. Some of the common things that signal you might need to be tested include:

Fever

If you start running a fever for days on end, it could be a sign that you have been infected with the virus. Monitor your temperature and keep a record of it in case you need to provide it to your doctor or the emergency department. A mild fever might not be anything to worry about, but when your temperature starts spiking above 100-degrees and staying there for a few days, that could signal a much bigger problem than you realize.

Breathing Difficulties

If you start having problems breathing to the point where it feels like you can’t catch your breath, that could be a sign of something more severe than a common flu or respiratory infection. A minor wheeze or shortness of breath might not be anything to worry about, but when it gets to the point where you aren’t able to do anything at all without feeling short of breath, that could be something far worse.

Cough

A persistent cough is not only annoying, but it could also be the sign or a Coronavirus infection. If you find that you are dealing with a severe cough that doesn’t seem to be getting better as time passes, that might signal that you need to be tested for a potential infection. Coughs that are so bad that you are having chest pain or trouble catching your breath need to be investigated.

Regardless of what you have going on, it’s important to be proactive and investigate any potential signs or symptoms right away before they have the chance to spiral out of control. It’s also important to properly maintain your home to ensure it is safe for your family. If you had any recent water damage, it needs to be properly eradicated. Otherwise, symptoms from mold exposure could cause you to think you are dealing with a Coronavirus infection when you aren’t.

If you need help deep cleaning your home or eradicating the effects of a disaster, give our team a call to see what we can do for you. We are here to help you take control of the situation quickly to minimize the potential risks to your health. At Triangle Legacy, we work hard to ensure you and your family have a safe place to live and weather whatever comes along. Unsure of whether we can help? Give us a call for a consultation to go over the specifics and learn more about our full line of services available. There is no time like the present to be proactive and do what you can to prevent the virus from spreading in your home or community.