Coronavirus Tips to Help You Sleep at Night
The coronavirus global pandemic is frightening, but the amount of fake news that begins to circulate as a result can be downright disastrous. First, let’s dispel some myths:
- You don’t need to buy all the toilet paper. Coronavirus does not typically include a gastrointestinal component.
- You don’t need to wear a mask if you’re not sick. In fact, wearing a mask can actually cause you to touch your face more as you constantly reposition it.
- Hand sanitizer is good in a pinch, but good old fashioned soap and water is the best bet.
- And you cannot test to see if you have Coronavirus by holding your breath.
Everyone Can Do Their Part to Contain the Virus
Stay home and wash your hands. Those are the two most important pieces of advice you’ll get in dealing with this pandemic. You may also want to disinfect your home as much as possible. The CDC defines the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing:
Cleaning removes germs and dirt from surfaces. You can use soap and water to clean surfaces. This doesn’t always kill germs, but removing them lowers their numbers. It’s suggested to clean surfaces before you disinfect them.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces. Disinfectant chemicals are stronger than soap but do not necessarily clean visibly dirty surfaces or remove germs. Killing germs lowers the risk of infection. To properly disinfect, products need to remain on a surface for a specific amount of time — usually 3 to 5 minutes.
Sanitizing also kills germs, but disinfecting kill more of them. Some products are capable of doing both, but disinfecting requires a bit more work. Still, sanitizers effectively lower the risk of infection.
You have to clean and disinfect for the best results.
Don’t Panic, Be Cautious
Especially if you are already prone to anxiety, you may be feeling more upset than normal as the pandemic plays out in the media. Take a deep breath. Focus on what you can control. Don’t over-saturate yourself with news. Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook or Twitter: follow the CDC and WHO. Take care of yourself – get enough rest, hydrate, eat nutritious foods. And wash your hands.
Most People Recover
More than 50,000 people in China, where the virus originated, have already recovered from the virus. Yes, there will be disruption. But things like cancelled school are proactive measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable populations.
It’s best to get your information from reliable resources and not get caught up in the social media frenzy. We recommend:
Your local department of health.
When there are so many unknowns it is easy to be overwhelmed. One thing to keep in mind: the short-term inconvenience of quarantine, cancelled events, and extra diligence in social distancing and other efforts can mitigate the risk to a significant extent.