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When you’re living with an immune-compromising chronic illness during a public health crisis, it can feel very unsettling when hand sanitizer is nowhere to be found and face masks are being sold for black-market prices. It’s all too easy for commonsense hygiene and prevention tactics to fall by the wayside in the hysteria to stockpile supplies.
That’s why we loved this article from MedPage Today from pathologist Judy Melinek, MD, which she describes as a “subjective grading system of some of the infectious-agent advice” circulating right now. We turned some of the key information into an infographic to make it easier to digest at a glance.
Make sure you follow these tactics yourself and share them with loved ones.
Here are more tips from the CDC for “everyday preventive actions” to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf iconexternal icon. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
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Interim Guidance: Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html.
Melinek J. Will That Prevent COVID-19? A Pathologist Grades Coronavirus Precautions. Medpage Today. March 5, 2020. https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/working-stiff/85241.