How to protect yourself from coronavirus Cases such as Skyrocket and Holidays are near

And with the onset of winter, health experts say it’s only going to get worse, as more people gather indoors to avoid the cold weather.

How can you be safe without yourself and the one you love? Here is a refresh of the basics.

Wear the mask properly

It’s simple, but wearing a mask properly is one of the most important ways you can protect yourself and those around you.
A recent report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at Washington University in Washington found that if 95% of Americans wore masks, it would save about 70,000 people.
The updated CDC guidelines acknowledge that coronavirus is spread through the air

N95 masks provide the best protection, but they are in short supply, and the CDC tells people not to go out and buy them, as there is an urgent need for health care workers.

A washable, non-breathable cloth mask will work, but it should have at least two layers – three are better – and you can add filters for more protection.

The mask should cover both your nose and mouth, and fit snugly, without any spaces.

If you are not a health care worker or in a high-risk situation, glasses or facial eyelds are not necessary for eye protection, health experts say.
Not sure how to choose a mask? Check out this guide.

Wash your hands

Washing your hands frequently is still a basic and simple thing you can do.

Do a good woodworking and scrub your hands, fingers and under your nails for at least 20 seconds. To rinse thoroughly, use running water, then wipe it dry.

Washing for at least 20 seconds has been shown to remove more germs than washing for a short period of time. Singing “Happy Birthday” can act as a “timer” when washed twice.

Frequent hand washing will also protect you from all kinds of harmful bacteria and viruses, including the new coronavirus, influenza and the common cold.
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Use a hand sanitizer

It’s not as good as washing your hands with good old soap, but a hand sanitizer can be used when that’s not an option.

It is important that both your hands, including the fingers and under the nails, are fully covered. Rub until your hands are dry. If your hands are greasy or really dirty according to the CDC, the sanitizer may not be as effective, so use generously.

Unlike the onset of an epidemic, hand sanitizers are relatively easy to find in stores, so don’t try to make your own. Health experts say it is important that you get alcohol concentrations to disable the virus.
Check out this list of over 100 dangerous hand sanitizers to avoid. Some contain methanol, which can be fatal. Others do not have enough alcohol.

Minimize your risk

People stand in a six-foot stand in freshly painted circles as people wait in line for two hours on March 23, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.

The best thing you can do is stay home if possible, and reduce your risk by reducing roles and trips to the store.

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Not everyone has the luxury of doing that, of course. But the social distance – keeping 6 feet between you and the people outside your home – and wearing a mask is important.

Outdoor spaces are a safe place outside your home. But even there, you should keep a safe distance from people you do not live with.

If possible, you can also reduce the risk by eating out and avoiding public transportation instead of eating out.

Going to bars and nightclubs is one of the most dangerous things you can do.

Be prepared

With coronavirus infections on the rise across the country, the coming winter is likely to get worse as people spend more time indoors.

And there is always the possibility that if you come in contact with a person infected with the virus you will have to keep it separate.

Be prepared to stay home by reducing your exposure and stock up.

Public health officials advise taking food on hand for two weeks. Having pantry stock will also reduce your trips to the grocery store.

Make sure you have adequate cleaning and disinfectant supplies and your medicine cabinet is filled with cough drops and syrup for cough symptoms, decongestants for congestion, acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain and fever and antidiarrheals. Put an adhesive bandage on the wound.

If you are taking prescription medications, make sure you have enough hands.

Check and test for symptoms

A member of the Wisconsin National Guard helps test residents for the Covid-19 at the drive-up test center at Miller Park on November 17, 2020 in Miswaki, Wisconsin.
Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of Covid-19, which is caused by a new coronavirus.

But there is also diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, loss of smell and taste, body aches, mental confusion and delirium.

Have a runny or stuffed-up nose? Unless you have a fever, it’s probably an allergy, just because of the leaf mold at this time of year.

If you have been exposed to coronavirus, symptoms will probably appear within a week, health experts say. That is, if you are going to keep it all – some people don’t. U.S. Department of Disease Control and Prevention According to the centers, any or all of the symptoms can appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus.

If you suspect you have an infection, go to your nearest testing center. Contact your local or state health department to find out where to get tested.

Unless you have serious symptoms, avoid emergency rooms, which are overcrowded. Call your doctor and follow her or her instructions.

Severe symptoms include difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion, inability to wake up and wake up and pale face or lips, according to the CDC.

In that case, call 911 or call the emergency care facility near you, the CDC advises.

Don’t stress about the disinfection of packages

When the U.S. When the virus first started spreading in, we were told to disinfect our groceries and takeout packages after being brought home. Now we know it’s not necessary – U.S. The Food and Drug Administration has also said there is no risk of contracting the virus from those packages.

The same is true for washing fruits and vegetables, according to the FDA. Just wash them in plain water.

We now know that the main route of transmission of the virus is through the air through respiratory drops or aerosols of an infected person. But it is still important to disinfect the surface and wash your hands after objects coming out or touching the outside of your home.

CNN’s Maggie Fox, Holly Yan, Sandy Lamotte, AJ Willingham, Kristen Rogers, Scotty Andrew and Alicia Lee contributed to the report.