Everywhere you go it seems lately that you are hearing about the Coronavirus Disease most specifically (COVID-19). With more people becoming sick across the country the demand to learn more and stay protected from it is what everyone seems to be talking about.

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Before we go any further here is how the Center for Disease Control says COVID-19 the disease is spread:

The virus is thought to 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.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The symptoms consist of:

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Here are the details for prevention and treatment:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • 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 an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

With everyone being so nervous about catching the COVID-19 virus there has been a shortage on facemasks and hand sanitizer. As mentioned above by the CDC, if you don't have the virus there is no need for you to wear a mask.

Although if you're looking for hand sanitizer and you can't find any it's not difficult to make your own according to 9news:

Ingredients

  • Alcohol (Recommended is 91 percent isopropyl, but cheap Vodka will work in a pinch)
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Essential oils

Instructions

  • Pour the alcohol into a small bottle until it’s between a quarter and third full.
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with aloe vera gel
  • Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils
  • Mix together
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