COVID-19 is in the middle of sweeping its way across the US. New cases are on the rise, as are the fatalities. It’s a worrying and scary time for all Americans, but there are actionable steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family for this battle.
Fighting off this virus is a lot easier if we all protect ourselves as much as possible. With that in mind, here are a few coronavirus preparedness tips to help you stay safe and infection-free:
Protect your face
As per the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that’s spread through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be passed on through saliva or nasal discharge. A person will typically catch the virus if they breathe in or ingest these droplets somehow.
Consequently, protecting your face is one of the best ways to be prepared and prevent the spread of this disease. As part of your COVID-19 preparedness, you should try and purchase either face masks or face shields.
Emergencyusa.com stocks KN-95 masks for you to purchase and cover your mouth/nose. These masks have recently been approved for use by the FDA to fight the coronavirus. They represent an alternative to the N-95 masks, which are running in short supply.
If you work around people who might be exposed to the disease – or want added protection – then a face shield can help. This provides a protective barrier over your entire face, stopping things from getting into your mouth, nose, and eyes.
Wash your hands regularly
The best piece of advice is to wash your hands as regularly as possible. Ideally, if you ever move between two environments or touch something that you’re not sure is clean, then wash your hands. This will remove and kill any germs on your hands – including the coronavirus. As such, you avoid spreading it to others or catching it. This can also be aided by avoiding touching your face. Make sure you wash your hands before you touch your face.
If you don’t have soap and water to hand, then use hand sanitizer instead. We sell this on our site, so feel free to buy some from us if you want to stay prepared. All of our hand sanitizers has at least 60% alcohol in it – this is recommended for fighting off coronavirus by the CDC.
Be aware of symptoms
Improve your COVID-19 preparedness by knowing what the symptoms are. This enables you to spot if you’re exhibiting signs and take action. According to the CDC, the three main symptoms are:
- A dry and persistent new cough
- Shortness of breath
We are currently selling a range of infrared thermometers than can provide accurate temperature measurements for you. It’s vital that you have a thermometer at home to check your temperature. If you spot any of these signs, then be sure you self-isolate and avoid contact with anyone – including your family if possible. Also, message people that you know you’ve come into contact with in the last two weeks, so they know to self-isolate as well.
Of course, be sure that you are well supplied and set-up to deal with an extended stay at home. Avoid going out as much as you can, even if you feel fine. If everyone follows these tips, then we can all be prepared to fight this virus and flatten the curve.