Coronavirus – it’s what everyone around the world is talking, thinking,and worrying about. “The most important recommendation is don’t panic,but prepare. So,yes,you should be taking some steps to get ready. Here’s the reasonable person’s guide to coronavirus preparation, where we try to help you not panic,but prepare. There are many things we can do to help protect ourselves against this novel coronavirus. These things include what we call social distancing, [which means] avoiding contact with the sick individuals and trying to stay six feet away from somebody who’s coughing or might be sick. “Wash your hands much more than you think you need to wash your hands and try not to touch your face. It’s not satisfactory because people feel they should be doing much more, but at this point of time, it’s the advice we can be giving.” You should also avoid shaking hands, use tissue when you blow your nose and put the tissue in the trash, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Don’t feel shy on public transportations, for example, about moving away from somebody who’s coughing. Don’t go to work if you’re sick.Stay home until at least 24 hrs after a fever. For elderly individuals, avoid unnecessary visits and interactions. The CDC “does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illness, including COVID-19.You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. “If you are somebody who is sick and is coughing or sneezing, those surgical masks will capture most of your sneeze from possibly infecting somebody else, so they’re worth it in that case. But for prevention, masks are hard to use properly and don’t do all that, so your preparatory efforts are better focused elsewhere. There’s really no place for panic or excessive fear. It’s a time for reaction and preparation, but not for overreaction. 

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