March 9, 2020.
We’ve likely all seen heads of state refuse to shake hands and heard warnings about hand-washing for 20 seconds. But have you realized your other risk factors for contracting this now-global virus?
Think all this coronavirus panic is overblown? According to Juliana Grant, infectious disease epidemiologist with the CDC, coronavirus COVID-19 isn’t just the first pandemic in more than 50 years. Instead, it’s more like the 1918 “Spanish Flu” pandemic. “The 1918 flu did not end civilization as we know it, but it was the second-deadliest event of the last 200 years,” Grant says, adding, “Expect people you know to die from this.”
What you can do to avoid getting sick:
- Work from home if you can.
- Minimize your exposure to others, including hand shakes and hugs
- Avoid large-scale gatherings—including cinemas, concerts, ceremonies, church, and the theatre.
- Cancel all non-essential travel.
- Reduce your trips out of the house. If possible, shop for groceries for two weeks or have groceries delivered.
- Wash your hands with hot water, lathering with soap for at least twenty seconds.
- Avoid touching your face when you’re out and haven’t had a chance to wash your hands. Typically, we introduce viruses into our own bodies through mucus membranes—think eyes, nose, and mouth—which we transmit by touching our faces as frequently as 20 times an hour.
- Avoid using your phone or tablet or laptop when you’re in public. If you must use anything with a touchscreen or keypad, use gloves you can remove before touching those surfaces or wash your hands first. COVID-19 lives on surfaces like money for as long as 6 days and may linger on surfaces you touch before you swipe your iPhone or iPad.
- Minimize clutter in your home, which can increase the number of surfaces you touch before you can reach a sink for that 20-second hand-washing. This clutter can ensure you unwittingly transmit COVID-19 by needing to move objects after you get groceries delivered before you can wash your hands. To avoid exposure of contaminated items, ensure safe disposal of the cluttered furniture, and prevent any onset of injury by lifting these heavy objects, it is wise to utiltize professional junk removal companies, such as JiffyJunk.com. Professional junk removal companies like Jiffy Junk provide safe removal and proper disposal of these items, thus desescalating the risk of potential bodily harm to clients and risk of disease transmission.
COVID-19 might not be the end of the world as we know it. What most people have forgotten about the 1918 Flu Epidemic is the most sobering statistic of all: it killed more people world-wide in a single year than all the casualties in World War I in over 5 years from both sides.