Medically reviewed by: Dr. Robert Segal, M.D.
For most people, it is apparent that the novel coronavirus is a real threat. Unfortunately for some, the message still is not clear enough. The following are health risk people cannot afford to take during this trying time as the pandemic continuously grows.
The first health risk people should not take is gather in groups. Every government official and health professionals are stressing the urgency of physical distancing to try and flatten the curve of viral transmission. The United States has now surpassed China in the number of active cases. Respecting the physical distancing is the best preventable way to stay healthy.
The second health risk people should not take is assumption. Do not “assume” you are not going to get infected. COVID-19 can present asymptomatically. Which means you can get infected and transmit the virus without any presenting symptoms. It is better to take every precaution possible. It is better to be over precautious then under precautious.
Stop smoking and vaping. If there was ever a time to quit a bad habit, now is the best time. Ask anyone that’s on a ventilator; they will most surely confirm the experience is extremely unpleasant.
Touching commonly used items and surfaces without disinfecting is major. Remember, this is an airborne illness, meaning it spreads via respiratory droplets—commonly touched surfaces like mobile phones, tablets, and handles. Be sure to wipe them all clean periodically.
Wash hands. Yes, washing hands is still the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. If a washroom is not available, hand sanitizer will suffice.
“An ounce of prevention is equal to a pound of cure”- Benjamin Franklin
Written by: Andy / Approved by: Dr. Robert Segal, M.D.