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I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.—3 John 1:4
Coronavirus: Do’s and Don’ts for Protecting Yourself
(Article from Boston University TODAY)
- Reduce your stress. Check out the new Headspace mindfulness app available through the BU Wellbeing Project. Countless studies have shown a correlation between stress and reduced immunity.
- Speaking of strengthening immunity, get a flu shot if you haven’t. It’s not too late.
- Take care of yourself by eating several servings of fruits and vegetables daily, drinking at least eight glasses of water daily, and getting eight hours of sleep.
- Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Don’t wash just the palms and backs, but get in the crevices of the fingers. Be thorough.
- Cough into your sleeve or a tissue, not your hands.
- Avoid people who appear ill if possible. If you’re in a crowded space and someone is coughing, turn your back. It’s not rude. It’s smart. Try to put at least six feet between yourself and someone who has symptoms, which are similar to that of the flu.
- Clean areas in your home, room, and any shared area that you touch often, such as door and sink handles and toilets, phones, computers, and water bottles.
- If you have a cough with fever (100.4 F or above), stay home or in your room, contact your healthcare provider, and remain isolated until you are without fever or the use of fever-reducing medicines for 24 hours.
- Buy a surgical mask if you are sneezing, coughing, or have a sore throat, even if you do not have a fever.
- Remember to make backup plans. If your children’s schools close, do you have contingent child care ready? Do you have a Plan B for working if public transit cuts back because of health concerns or if you have to stay late at work?
- Offer support and kindness to others that may be affected by the coronavirus. The outbreak has fed anti-Asian prejudice.
- Mohsan Saeed, a MED assistant professor of biochemistry and another NEIDL researcher, emphasizes the hands-washing and avoiding-sick-people tips. “These are the two most effective dos,” he says.
- Do not buy a surgical mask unless you have the symptoms mentioned above. Masks make the most sense for preventing infected people from spreading the virus, but they are not necessary for protecting the healthy.
- Do not buy a specialized, N95 respirator mask for filtering out airborne particles unless you get it fitted, tested, and receive training in its use. Otherwise, you’re wasting money.
- Do not spend unnecessary time in large groups or close to obviously sick people. It even makes sense to stay out of the middle of packed public transit vehicles. If public authorities announce an outbreak, stock up on necessities like food, prescriptions, and household items like diapers to minimize visits to grocery stores and contact with crowds of shoppers.
- Do not just stand there if someone coughs near you; turn away if possible.
- Do not be a Twitt-iot. Social media and other unreliable sources are spreading misinformation almost as fast as the coronavirus. Read only reliable sources like the CDC and the World Health Organization.