Amidst growing concern surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many individuals have started adopting more robust precautions. However, not all precautions have led to better protection.
While it would seem coronavirus could be contained by wearing a mask, that behavior is one health officials (including the surgeon general) have urged the public to stop engaging in.
Instead of wearing a mask, the best way to avoid coronavirus is to continue engaging in routine hygiene behaviors. Here are some ways to do that.
Fighting coronavirus at home and in the office
Hand sanitizer is flying off the shelves at local stores. It’s also appearing with more frequency at offices.
With so much unknown about how coronavirus spreads, many offices have taken additional steps to protect employees. These include:
- Increasing telecommuting / work from home options
- Providing access to hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes
- Urging full hand washing routines (20 seconds)
- Encouraging those feeling unwell to stay home
Office workers aren’t the only ones that can be affected by this virus. If you have children, be prepared if your child’s school or daycare facility temporarily closes.
Public health officials may recommend early dismissal or temporary closure to minimize the spread of illness. If you sense that your child is getting sick, use your best judgement. Visit your local pediatrician, and get some rest at home.
Fighting other illnesses
Despite the news surrounding coronavirus, the flu itself is still a threat to many in the population. Especially vulnerable are the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.
Fighting this illness, however, can be as simple as getting a flu shot or picking up basic health products. Browse an online selection of eligible flu products from FSAStore or go to your local pharmacy (and don’t forget to bring your benefits card).
The future of coronavirus
As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time. In some cases it’s tricky to know the ways in which the disease spreads, how effectively it spreads from person to person, and how severe the infection is.
While no vaccine has been developed yet and may not be for some time, the science community is actively working to manage the virus causing COVID-19.