By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Information):
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International: Health organizations and government officials are providing information to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The following is tips from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to protect your health against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
**** Coronavirus Disease 2019: Health Tips: ****
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. For information about hand washing, see CDC’s Hand washing website For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
- Maintain social distancing; maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
** Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading: **
- Follow the guidance outlined above.
- Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
**** More information as well as health and prevention tips regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at the following websites: ****
- World Health Organization (Website):
- World Health Organization (Situation Reports):
- World Health Organization (Advice For Public):
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Cases In United States):
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Website):
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Prevention and Treatment):