Do you know someone who is considered at high risk for contracting COVID-19? There are many people who can contract the virus and become extremely ill including those who have lung or heart disease, diabetes, and asthma.
The Virus: How Does It Spread?
While there are many vaccines that do protect us against viruses and diseases, there is no current vaccine that protects against COVID-19. With that in mind, it is important to know that the virus is spread from person to person, which means that social distancing of at least six feet is recommended. In fact, you should avoid close contact with individuals and also stay away from people who are sick.
The known way coronavirus is spread is through droplets. These droplets enter the air when someone who is infected talks, sneezes, or coughs. The droplets can then make their way onto your face, mouth, or nose and when you touch your face or breathe in, the droplets can head straight to your lungs and thus infect you.
Studies that have been performed have shown that some people can have the virus and show no symptoms, which means you may be near someone who is infected, and no one knows it.
How Can I Protect Myself and Others?
There are several things you can do to avoid getting COVID-19. The most important thing that you can do is make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. You should always make sure to wash your hands after you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose. You also want to wash your hands after you have been out in public or touched something that someone else has touched.
If there is no soap available, you should make sure to use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol in it. This will help keep you protected as well.
Lastly, avoid touching your mouth, nose, and face unless you have clean hands as you could spread germs to yourself.
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Keep These Other Things in Mind
Below, you will find some additional tips to keep in mind as you navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic:
- Do not come into close contact with people who are ill
- Keep your distance between you and other people
- Remain at home and only go out for necessities
- Stay away from people who are at a higher risk for contracting the virus
- People without any symptoms can still spread the virus
- Keep your mouth and nose covered in public and when around others with a face mask
- Throw any used tissues in the garbage
- Use a household disinfectant to sanitize your home
- Clean surfaces that are touched at minimum of once a day
- Immediately wash your hands after you cough or sneeze
The team at C.S. Family Dental in Denver, CO is here to help you get through this tough time. We work hard to provide you with the best dental care in CO. If you have any questions, give us a call!