Preventing novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sunday, March 22, 2020


Visit the Centers for Disease Control website for advice on how to prevent COVID-19.

NYC's Department of Health webpage

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • 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.

Take steps to protect yourself

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Take steps to protect others

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect

Doctors are recommending that people in the high risk category (older people and people with underlying heath risks) avoid non-essential travel and mingling. Seek medical aid if you are feeling seriously ill, and inform the 911 dispatcher and your medical providers if you think you may have coronavirus. Many doctors offices are asking people who are feeling sick to come at designated times. Check with your doctor.

CDC data now shows that younger adults are a large percentage of coronavirus hospitalizations in the United States. They can stay healthy and reduce the spread of the virus by following the guidelines.

Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1
Study finds that the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) remains active on surfaces for more than 3 hours. It remains longer on plastic and stainless steel (up to 72 hours) as opposed to copper and cardboard.


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