COVID-19 Best Practices

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Take COVID-19 seriously. While you may be unaffected, you can inadvertently transmit the virus to others who are more vulnerable. Be a responsible person. Wear a mask in public. Wash your hands.

If you are particularly vulnerable because of immune issues, or age, or if you are the care giver for someone who is vulnerable, or if you have the option, practice self-isolation.

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Social Distancing
Limit your contact and exposure to crowded places, and try to maintain a distance of three to six feet from other people. COVID-19 spreads via mucus and saliva, including microscopic drops. Staying away from others is a good preventive measure. Here are more social distancing tips. See also: The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’. See also in Conquering Challenges Seniors/Eldercare and COVID-19. You’ll need a password.

Wash Your Hands
Soap and hot water is preferred to using hand sanitizer. If you can't use soap and water, then use hand sanitizer and wash your hands as soon as possible.
Wash for at least 20 seconds.

Stuck at a plot point? Wash your hands! Then apply moisturizer. (Me, I'm currently wearing Aveeno with Camomile and Lavender; it's almost but not quite too scented for me to enjoy. Otherwise, I fall back on Vaseline at work and Cera-Ve at home.

Disinfecting Surfaces
Think about surfaces that are touched a lot, like counters and doors and light switches. You can make a solution to disinfect surfaces with ordinary household bleach. Bleach Kills the Corona Virus too. Note that you need to first clean the surface (dish soap and hot water if that's what you've got is fine).

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Face Masks

CDC Has New Guidelines

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Masks you can Make at Home
Several basics masks, including a mask that doesn't require sewing and uses hair elastics or rubber bands and folded cloth like a scarf or bandanna. These are not "medical grade." But they may help slow the spread.

Via The New York Times: A User’s Guide to Face Masks

Many online retailes, most notably, are offering cloth masks/face coverings for sale.

How to wear and remove a Cloth Mask | Face covering.

See: Masks offer much more protection against coronavirus than many think via The Los Angeles Times.
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