How can I Help?
When it comes to anything as serious as a pandemic, there’s a lot to consider. Having a plan worked out ahead of time with both you are your loved ones, can be key to pulling through this experience on the best foot possible. Prepare yourself mentally for the possibility that someone you know may get infected, and & prepare yourself physically, by buying the essentials you and your family might need. You may not always be able to get them so readily.
Stock up on important medications like insulin, and blood-pressure medication. For a full list of items to consider, check out our What Do I Need? page.
Maintain Good Hygiene
A good idea year round, maintaining good hygiene will be key in helping limit the spread of this virus. Make sure to wash your hands frequently, (for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water) and avoid touching your face as much as possible. Limit travel to only that which is absolutely necessary, especially high density areas with large populations of people. If you find yourself in public despite these precautions, maintain a 3 feet distance from other people to minimize your chance of infection. This, in combination with washing your hands often, helps reduce you and your family’s risk of exposure.
CDC’s recommendations for washing hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water
If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,
- Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
- Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
- Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.
How to use hand sanitizer
- Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.
- Enjoy being clean.
Spread the Word
Inform others to protect those that you love. So many fear what is to come, and some experts say for good reason. Based on the current mortality rate (2%) alone, over 100 million people could die (assuming 70% of the whole planet is infected). The majority of those at risk are people over the age of 60, and those who have pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.
Spread the word on social media such as Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and more. The better educated we all are, the better we can combat this virus.
Donate to the Cause
As of February 28th 2020, the World Health Organization raised the risk level for COVID-19 to their highest level, “very high,” stating that the virus can still be contained, but that we are at a closing window of opportunity. Help fight the novel coronavirus by contributing to the cause. Millions are unable to afford or find proper protection, particularly in the epicenter of the pandemic.
Masks and hand sanitizer in short supply, many are left exposed each time they need to leave for groceries. With over 3,100 dead, and the potential to kill millions more, COVID-19 isn’t something to take lightly. Some day, your one of your loved ones may be infected.