The coronavirus pandemic has taken the whole into a new level of insecurity and panic. As of today, more than 560,000 cases have been reported worldwide, with approximately 27,000 confirmed deaths. Because of this, it is crucial to follow safety precautions to prevent infecting yourself and your family from COVID-19. If you suspect that you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, it is imperative to take the following safety measures to avoid spreading the disease.

Stay at Home

You must restrict all activities outside your home, except seeking medical assistance. Do not visit your work office, schools or public areas. Additionally, avoid using public transportation, carpooling, and taxis.

Isolate yourself from your Family

You must stay away from other family members and animals in your house. Try to stay in a specific room where you can avoid contact with other people in the house. If possible, you must use a separate bathroom and maintain at least 6 feet between other people. It is also advised not to manipulate or touch your pets or any other animals while you are sick.

Call a Physician Before Leaving Your House

If you have a medical appointment, call your health care provider and inform your suspicions so he can take all the safety measures to prevent other people from infecting themselves. Your doctor will assess your health and decide if you can remain at home or need a hospital. If you are at home, he will educate you on what symptoms you need to watch out in case they worsen.

Wear a Face Mask

The purpose of the face mask is to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets you produce when you sneeze or cough. This reduces the chances of releasing the virus in the air and contaminating other people. You must wear it at all times when you are near other people or animals and before you go to a hospital or clinic. Use a tissue or towel to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. You must dispose of the tissue in a separate trash bag immediately. If you do not have a tissue handy, you can use your elbow.

Wash your Hands

It is important to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds every time you sneeze or touch a surface and/or an object. COVID-19 can also be spread from surfaces exposed to bodily fluids, such as saliva and nasal discharge. You can also use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol as an alternative.

The most important aspect of this pandemic is to remain calm and follow the safety precautions provided by your health care providers.