Protecting yourself from coronavirus

Protecting yourself from coronavirus

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - KSLA wants to help you protect yourself and others from coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Mar. 11, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pandemic diseases are new global viruses that can easily infect people and “spread from person to person in an efficient and sustained way.”

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

What You Should Know

Coronavirus Symptoms

May appear 2-14 days after exposure

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Illnesses range from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed cases.

How is coronavirus spread?

Mainly from person-to-person

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Older adults and people with underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for more serious complications

Protecting yourself and others from coronavirus

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands 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.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Protecting yourself and others from coronavirus

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick

· Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

· Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care

Protecting yourself and others from coronavirus

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Protecting yourself and others from coronavirus

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • Wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), you should cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • People who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Protecting yourself and others from coronavirus

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Related

Coronavirus Coverage

Texas Department of State Health Services

What you need to know about handwashing

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

Princess Cruises suspends operations for coronavirus pandemic

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