UPDATE COVID-19: How to protect yourself during the coronavirus pandemic

UPDATE COVID-19: How to protect yourself during the coronavirus pandemic

Washing your hands

Experts recommed that you wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and you scrub hard to keep yourself safe from germs, including those from COVID-19.

The original version of this article was based on questionable information and did not meet our editorial standards. We have updated it to include the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The source for the original story was a pathologist who authored an email intended for family and close friends but not intended to be widely disseminated. In the original article were assertions, including drinking warm water and gargling, that are not recommended by the CDC.

The CDC states that “reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, coughing, shortness of breath.

The following is what the CDC recommends to protect yourself and others during the coronavirus pandemic:

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

-If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick

-Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

-Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

-Throw used tissues in the trash.

-Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

-Wear a facemask if you are sick

-Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

-If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

The Register apologizes for any confusion this error caused.

For the latest official recommendations on protecting yourself and your family, please see cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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