How to Prevent the Coronavirus

Wash your hands!
Photo Credit: Verywell Health

Wash your hands! Photo Credit: Verywell Health

Camille Hirschfeld '21, Staff Writer

As most of you know, there is no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As a result, it is even more critical that we are taking the proper measures to not only ensure personal health but also do our part to “flatten the curve.”

The WHO has emphasized that flattening the curve is the most optimal way to limit the number of people exposed to it. But how do we do that? The WHO speaks about flattening the curve as a responsibility of everyone. Especially because testing is so limited in the United States, the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 effectively is through collective actions.

When I researched the best ways to prevent the coronavirus, the first resource that popped up on Google was a public service announcement, published by the WHO, advertising these 5 simple steps to be the best way for the public to protect themselves

  1. Hands: Wash them often
  2. Elbow: Cough into it
  3. Face: Don’t touch it
  4. Space: Keep safe distance
  5. Home: Stay if you can

The first three steps I’m sure we’ve all heard millions of times. By doctors, by our parents, by our teachers. The last two steps, steps 4 and 5, have been crucial for this specific virus, and they are ones that I didn’t always pay attention to. Social distancing is the most effective way to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus.

For your own safety and the safety of those most affected by coronavirus, abide by the suggestions of the WHO and the CDC. Happy social distancing!

Wash your hands!
Photo Credit: Verywell Health