CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As more cases of the coronavirus are being confirmed throughout the country, including the first case in North Carolina, people have lots of questions about what they can do to prep for the virus.
After doing some research on the Center of Disease Control’s website, WCCB Digital came up with a list of things that you can do to help prevent the risk of getting sick or spreading the virus. We also found a list of cleaning products that could help protect you and your family.
First things first, WASH YOUR HANDS! Health officials all over the country say the most important thing people can do to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, or any other viruses, is to wash your hands.
You should always wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. It might sound silly, but singing the Happy Birthday song or going through the ABC’s in your head while washing your hands will help to make sure you are washing your hands long enough.
It is also important to wash the back of your hands and your fingertips. Many people focus on washing their palms but you use your fingers the most, so make sure you wash them as well.
Make sure you avoid close contact with people who are sick. You definitely want to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. This is so hard for people to do. We get it, you have to work, you have to go to school, but this is one of the fastest ways to spread a virus. If you or one of your family members is sick, just stay home.
This is something you’ve been taught your entire life, but make sure you cover your cough or sneeze. Grab a tissue and cough into it, then throw the tissue away. Don’t leave a pile of them on your desk or nightstand.
Be sure to clean and disinfect regularly touched objects in your office or house. Door knobs, refrigerator handles, light switches…all the things you don’t clean on a regular basis. Now is the time to change those cleaning habits!
Speaking of cleaning, here is a list of cleaning products from the Center for Biocide Chemistries that are pre-approved by the EPA to use against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19):