This article may sound like a broken record, but for the common cold, the flu, or other viruses there is one way to avoid and protect yourself—good hygiene. With health fears due to the spread of 2019-nCoV (the Novel Coronavirus), it is important to remember that good hygiene steps can help you avoid getting sick. Here are eight ways to help avoid getting sick.
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, if you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose to avoid germs from spreading.
2. If you lack access to soap and water, use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer and let it dry. According to the CDC hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs and many people wipe the sanitizers off before it is dried making in ineffective. You should still use soap and water as soon as possible.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
5. Avoid travel if you have a fever or cough.
6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
7. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
8. Stay home when you are sick!
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