As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe and increasingly in the US, this article will help guide you through this stressful time. The novel coronavirus now estimates over 69,000 cases alone in the US and over 500,000 cases worldwide with an estimate of over 22,000 deaths. Although there is currently no vaccine to treat the virus, there are several preventative measures you should be taking at this very moment.
According to the CDC, the virus is spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. It is important to practice social distancing and remaining 6 feet away from an individual. Simple measures to take at this time are to wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with unwashed hands.If you are feeling sick, it is best to remain inside, isolated, and wear a mask. Cover any coughs or sneezes. Keep your household clean by disinfecting daily. You can find a variety of disinfecting solutions you can make at home with bleach or alcohol.
If you are 65 years or older, you are at a higher risk for severe illnesses and COVID-19. As states began issuing stay at home orders, it is best to remain in your home throughout this time. If possible, get your groceries delivered using services such as Instacart, Postmates, and inquire at your local grocery store about home delivery options.
Stress and anxiety are on the rise during this time. It is important to find healthy distractions such as taking time away from reading or listening to updates on the coronavirus. Take deep breaths, meditate, and eat well balanced meals. Keeping your body free of stress is extremely important during this time.If you are feeling sick you may want to call your local healthcare provider to seek help.