Close-up of a person washing their hands with soap and water under a faucet. Soap bubbles cover the hands, and water flows down, creating foam. The background includes a blurred bowl and fruit. The scene emphasizes hygiene and cleanliness, crucial for protecting yourself against the new coronavirus.

As we learn more and more about the new coronavirus, people, naturally are becoming more afraid. However, you should note that despite all the commotion, there are several things you can do to best prepare yourself for the weeks, and potentially months ahead. Please read on to learn more about some of the preparations you can take to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus:

  • Observe social distancing, which means staying at least three feet away from everyone you come in contact with. Additionally, if you can ground yourself at home, do so. This is a key part in preventing the spread of the virus, and perhaps the most important thing you can do.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm and soapy water. Hand sanitizer is also great at killing most viral germs, so if you can, use that as well.
  • If you are out in public and you have to cough or sneeze, ensure you do so into your elbow. The coronavirus spreads by droplets, and when you sneeze or cough, you release a stream of these droplets into the air. Additionally, after going out in public, ensure you do not touch any part of your face, as the viral germs can enter your body through your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you begin to experience symptoms associated with the new coronavirus, including runny nose, fever, difficulty breathing, pneumonia, or a dry cough, you must contact your local health authority immediately. Do not simply show up at a doctor’s office, as this may spread the virus even further. Your local health authority will tell you what to do to ensure you are following proper protocol.

As long as you take the necessary precautions, you drastically lower your chances of contracting the virus, as well as spreading it to others.