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Medically reviewed by Goodpath Medical Team,
March 13th, 2020

Coronavirus Basic Advice

There are simple steps to follow to assist in protecting yourself and your family during the COVID-19 / coronavirus period.

1. Stay Home If Not Feeling Well

Unless very ill, the only treatment for COVID-19 is supportive. That means drinking fluids, taking cough medicine and fever reducer, resting - the same things one can do at home. Hospitals are very busy. Staying put allows hospitals to care for those who are really sick from coronavirus or other illnesses - and keeps you away from other germs.

If you are not sure you need medical care, call your doctor. 

2. Avoid Large Gatherings

For your sake and for others’ sake. The coronavirus may spread asymptomatically. This means even if you feel healthy, you may be a carrier of the virus. Same goes for other people you meet who don’t have symptoms.

3. Use Masks in Public or If Sick

Based on new information from the CDC as of April 3, 2020, the guidance on the use of masks has been updated.  

Masks in public

Since many people who carry the coronavirus do not have symptoms, people should wear simple cloth face coverings in public except for children less than 2 years, those who have trouble breathing, and anyone who is unable to remove the covering by themselves. People should stay at least 6 feet away from others in such situations. 

It is most important to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave - for example, to buy food or medicine or get medical care.

Surgical masks and N-95 respirators must be reserved for those providing medical care.

Masks if sick or near someone sick

If you are sick, wear a mask when around other people or in confined spaces such as a vehicle. Make sure your mask is on before entering a medical office or hospital.

If you are caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19, then you should have a mask on when interacting with that person.

4. Don't Underestimate This Virus

Estimates about the number of coronavirus cases and understanding of transmission and severity are still evolving. What we know though is that there are more severe coronavirus cases than the flu, mortality is worse than the flu, it’s spreading fast, and there is no vaccine for it.

5. Practice Good Hygiene

  • Wash hands often. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available.

  • Don’t touch your face. Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue that you throw in the trash immediately.

  • Elbow bump is the new handshake.

  • Sanitize high traffic surfaces, including your phone.

6. Disinfect Surfaces Regularly

If available, wear disposable gloves for cleaning. Always wash your hands when done.

Sanitize high traffic surfaces, including phones, door knobs, light switches, handles, toilets, and faucets. Disinfection can be done with common EPA-registered household cleaners, such as bleach wipes. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions. 

Alternatively, one can create solutions at home with diluted bleach. A bleach disinfecting solution can be made by mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach with a quart of water. For more information, see the CDC guidance here.

7. Keep Your Immune System At Peak

Keeping healthy gives our bodies an edge.

  • Eat well.

  • Get enough sleep.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Take a break from anxiety-inducing activities like over-hyped news about coronavirus.

For more information on coronavirus and what to do for you and your family, try these 8 tips for Staying Positive during social distancing.