Dos and Don'ts of Coronavirus Protection

What actually protects against the Coronavirus?

Recently, there’s been a lot of misinformation circulating about how to protect from the Coronavirus outbreak, and some companies are even taking advantage of this crisis to market public health and cleaning products that do not work. Based on information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization and elsewhere, here are the Dos and Don’ts of COVID-19 protection and disinfection.

To Protect Yourself

Do: 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you get bored of counting, here’s a list of Broadway verses to sing instead. Hand sanitizers are a good option if you can’t use soap and water, but they must contain at least 60% alcohol, and you should confirm on the product label.
  • Disinfect using a diluted household bleach solution, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and EPA-registered household disinfectants.

Don’t: 

  • Use Tito's Vodka or other hard liquors to make DIY hand sanitizer. It is not strong enough. 
  • Purchase expensive air purifiers. While some companies claim their purifiers work on viruses similar to COVID-19, there is no evidence that it will work. Also, the virus can be transmitted in all climates regardless of humidity or temperature.
  • Take any medications for COVID-19 unless it is otherwise called for by the FDC, WHO, or CDC. There is a lot of misinformation circulating about how to treat the virus, and taking unrecommended medication could hurt your health instead of helping it.                         
To Protect Others

Do:

  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. All age groups can contract the Coronavirus and should take the necessary precautions to protect themselves, including social disatncing. 

Don't:

  • Wear a mask unless you are sick or you’re taking care of someone who may be infected. If you wear a mask, you must dispose of it properly by removing it from behind, avoiding the front of the mask, placing the mask in a closed garbage can, and immediately washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. Make sure the mask covers both your nose and mouth and that there are no gaps.