The Coronavirus disease of 2019, or COVID-19, has become a pandemic after the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged its rapid spread worldwide. Like in any other country, the U.S. government is also taking action to mitigate its impact on every family and to the economy.
While global health experts continue to know more about the highly contagious disease to develop a cure, the best way to protect you and your family from the virus is to minimize if not avoid exposure. You could get the virus just by being near an infected person even if not for a prolonged period.
Immediately seek medical attention if you think you or any member of your family, especially the elderly, suffer from any flu-like symptoms or believe that you had close contact with a person with COVID-19.
Below are the basic protective measures against COVID-19 that you and your family can do according to the WHO:
Get the latest updates from reliable sources
The WHO website is a reliable source of information with the latest updates about the COVID-19. The WHO also advises getting information from your national and local public health authorities. For example, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website contains reliable information including ways on how to keep homes, schools, workplaces and commercial establishments safe from the virus. Make sure to check the credibility of the information and verify the source if it’s an information that is shared on social media. The WHO created a “myth buster” online page to debunk unsubstantiated theories about the COVID-19; it also contains updated facts about the virus.
The WHO also warns against scams and myths about the dreaded disease that are circulating online. These COVID-19-related scams may try to steal your money or get your Social Security number, credit card details or any sensitive information. Always be suspicious when people or groups contact you and claim that they work for the WHO.
Wear a multi-layered mask
To stop the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends wearing a multi-layered mask that completely covers your mouth and nose. Choose a breathable and washable mask that fits your cheeks and under your chin, The CDC has a page on how to create your own mask if you want to exercise your creativity.
Exercise proper hygiene
The WHO highly recommends regular and thorough handwashing to kill any viruses including COVID-19 that could be on your hands. When washing your hands, you can use either soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer. Refrain from regularly using your hands to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the virus from entering your body.
Use your bent elbow or clean tissue to cover your mouth when sneezing, it’s respiratory hygiene that you need to practice to prevent the spread of the virus. The COVID-19 spread through droplets expelled when a person sneezes.
Practice social distancing
Social distancing is the space you create between you and other people. If you or a family member needs to go outside the house, have a distance of at least 6 feet away from any person you encounter so that you’re not too close to catch the droplets from people who coughs or sneezes. You are at high risk of catching viruses including the COVID-19 if you get in contact with the droplets expelled by other people near you.
For CDC, “close contact” with a person tested positive with COVID-19 means you’re approximately within 6 feet near the infected person for a prolonged period of time.
Governments in some affected countries even consider suspending on-site work and public transportation to minimize the chances of further spreading the virus through close encounters with one another.
Seek medical care immediately if you have a fever or any flu-like symptoms
Aside from flu-like symptoms, you need to call your doctor immediately if you experience difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, persistent chest pains, confusion, or if your face becomes bluish. If you have coughs and cold, you could transmit the COVID-19 if you’re coughing and sneezing near someone. Once you experience any of these symptoms, you need to isolate yourself while waiting for medical care. The elderly, including those who have other pre-existing medical conditions, should get in touch with their healthcare provider because they are at higher risk of getting sick with the COVID-19.
Your AEM family wishes you good health
The American Eagle Mortgage family wishes you and your family good health in a tough situation that the world continues to deal with in COVID-19. We will continue to give you helpful tips and advice on how to cope up, stay healthy, and avoid the dreaded COVID-19.