Good Hygiene Practices Are Key in Prevention
Whether concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) or the flu, there's really no substitute for good hygiene as the key to prevention. As noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are a few crucial things you can do to decrease your chances of infection:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
If you are sick, don't go to the hospital -- call your provider or consider using telemedicine to determine whether you need to be tested or seek medical attention. Check out telemedicine options on RokketMed here. In addition to self-pay, most private insurance, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, cover telemedicine visits.
The best source for information is the CDC or your county/city health department. Your local health department will have specific guidance based on local risk factors. For in-depth information about the coronavirus, visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19. Basic information factsheets: English | En Español If you're sick: English | En Español