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Prevention: Coronavirus, Social Distancing and What You Must Know

By Janette Romero |  @RedLineProject | Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic, and the number of cases continues to rise worldwide. These basic steps can help you reduce your risk of getting sick or infecting others.

Social distancing will also be a key phrase in the days and weeks to come. The term simply refers to avoiding close contact with other individuals in order to avoid catching the virus yourself and to avoid passing it on.

A crucially important public health intervention that can help stop coronavirus transmission is by avoiding crowds and large gatherings such as concerts, conferences, sporting events, and mass transit. Best practice requires maintaining at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others.

The CDC and the WHO recommend several basic measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Contact a health worker if you have symptoms; fever and a dry cough are most common.

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