Best ways to avoid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and toilet paper shortages, travel bans, and mass hysteria have all been the products of the coronavirus pandemic.

But while the United States is just starting to experience the worst of this pandemic, the impact will continue, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

“We will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now,” he said as many health laboratories are still in the midst of testing the virus.

While there is no vaccine currently, the best prevention still for COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed.

One major prevention to spreading the disease has been a decision by most higher education institutions to extend classes to an online format rather than in person.

If you’re a college student, here’s your go-to guide to protecting yourself from COVID-19:

 

Wash your hands


Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly kills the viruses that may be in your hands.

 

Avoid standing close to others


While not every cough is cause for concern, in the case of the coronavirus, it is best to stay at least 10 feet away from everyone as asymptomatic people can be carriers. But definitely stay clear of someone who appears sick and is coughing.

 

Avoid metal surfaces


It has been mentioned by several scientists monitoring the cCoronavirus that the bacteria from the virus can cling to a metal surface longer than other material surfaces.

 

Try to avoid touching your face


One of the easiest ways to contract the cCoronavirus is by touching an infected surface and then touching your face afterwards, as the virus can survive on the skin for 5-10 minutes after contact.

 

Stay informed


It’s easy to be misinformed about a pandemic such as the coronavirus because not every publication released is backed by actual scientific facts. The CDC is one of the best resources to check frequently for the latest information and advice on how to stay healthy and safe.

by Hannah Cannon

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