Protecting yourself and others during COVID-19 pandemic is so vitally important. There are individuals who are considered at a higher risk and if they contract the virus and the results could be devastating for them. If you or someone you know has lung or heart disease, asthma, diabetes, or is a senior, they are at a greater risk. It is important for you to speak with your doctor if you think you may be ill.
Spreading of the Virus: What Happens
While there are many vaccines out there to prevent viruses such as the flu, COVID-19 does NOT have a vaccine. This means that it is crucial that you maintain a safe distance from other people to avoid getting this virus.
The virus spreads through droplets that are emitted into the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Once these droplets are in the air, they can get on your face, mouth, or nose and then enter into your lungs when you breathe, thus causing you to become ill.
Studies that have been done recently show that there are people who can carry the virus and show no symptoms; thus, social distancing is so important to avoid becoming ill with the coronavirus.
Is There a Way to Protect Myself?
Yes. There are many things that you can do to protect yourself. First, washing your hands is number one. You want to wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You should always wash your hands after you are out in public, sneeze, or cough.
You should use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol should you not have access to soap and water at the time. When using hand sanitizer, make sure to rub it in until your hands are completely dry.
Also, you want to avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth unless your hands are clean, as you could spread the virus this way.
Things to Keep in Mind
Below, you will find some additional tips to help you stay safe and protect others at the same time:
- When you go out in public or visit people, keep your mouth and nose covered with a mask
- Keep your distance from other people
- Remember, people without symptoms can still spread the virus
- Use household disinfectants to clean and prevent the spread of illness
- Avoid visiting individuals who are considered high risk
- Stay away from anyone who is ill
- Stay home and only go out when necessary
- Clean all surfaces that have been touched
- Throw all tissues in the garbage
- Immediately wash your hands when you cough or sneeze
The team at Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry in La Habra, CA is here to help you and provide you with the best dental care and updated information. Our team can answer any questions that you may have. If you would like to speak with our staff, do not hesitate to call our La Habra office today!