From all of us here at SafiraMD, we hope you are able to stay healthy and safe during this uncertain time with the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Because a pandemic is not likely something that many of us have experienced before, here are a few tips and advice on staying well and protecting those who are more vulnerable, such as elderly and immunocompromised people. Together, we have the power to slow and stop the spread of coronavirus! Here’s what you should know and how you can help:
How does the coronavirus spread?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains that the virus is thought to spread from person-to-person between people who are less than 6 feet apart, and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If an infected person coughs or sneezes into their hand and then touches a surface, and you touch that same surface and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes with the same hand, that is a very easy way to contract the virus. It is extremely important to not touch your face.
The CDC recommends preventing the spread of coronavirus by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Other things you can do include staying home if you’re sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, computer mouses and keyboards, your phone, toilets, faucets, the microwave buttons and refrigerator door handles.
If you’re practicing social distancing, you may feel isolated or have trouble focusing on normal activities when social media and news stations are consistent reminders of the pandemic. It’s important to stay informed of updates, but don’t forget to take care of yourself, as well! This could mean avoiding your phone or limiting your exposure to the news. Moderate exercise is helpful to keep your immune system strong, so make some time for yourself to get outside, or practice yoga or use the treadmill at home. Just be sure to make time for whatever works best for you, so you can stay active and reduce any anxiety you may be experiencing.
This may seem like a lot of new habits to undertake, and some difficult ones to avoid, like touching your face, but most importantly, these are things we have control over. If we work together, we can help keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy and safe!
Here at SafiraMD, we are committed to helping you live your fullest life. We are following all wellness protocols, including disinfecting all surfaces and treatment rooms between visits and screening patients before their appointments. If you have an upcoming appointment and you are not feeling well, please call us at (678) 235-8221 and we’ll be happy to help you reschedule free of charge. Also feel welcome to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.