With the seemingly sudden presence of the COVID-19 virus, the world is in a bit of a delicate situation. As we all try to fight against the spread of the virus, there are a few strategies to use that will limit your risk of getting sick or spreading the virus to others. Here’s what you need to know: 

Social Distancing

Perhaps one of the most widely used phrases concerning the new coronavirus, social distancing is the practice of simply maintaining distance between individuals in public spaces. It is a widely recognized method of non-medical infection control and is incredibly effective at reducing infection rates. 

COVID-19 is spread through coughing and sneezing, but it’s also been shown to be spread just by breathing. To prevent potentially contracting the disease, stay at least three feet away from anyone, especially if they are coughing or sneezing. Six feet is ideal if at all possible. 

Cover Your Mouth 

If you feel yourself developing flu-like symptoms, it is important to take precautions to prevent the spread of any germs, whether or now what you have is COVID-19. Because the virus is spread through the respiratory system, the following tips will help you prevent the spread: 

  • Use a tissue when sneezing or coughing. This will catch any water droplets carrying the virus and keep them from being inhaled by others. 
  • If you don’t have any tissues on hand, sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow, upper arm, or sleeve. The goal is to simply prevent the virus from being breathed in through the air. 
  • Wear a mask if you have to go out or if you live with others. If you feel symptoms, a facemask should be worn to keep germs to yourself. 

Wash Up

When you have any kind of viral respiratory infection, it’s easy for the germs to spread. While COVID-19 seems to spread mostly through the air via our breathing, sneezing, and coughing, it’s a good idea to keep yourself and surfaces clean. After all, the fewer germs around, the less likely someone else is to catch them! 

Pay particular attention to your own hands and face. Wash regularly with warm water and soap. If you don’t have these, hand sanitizer will work. If you have symptoms, try to stay in one area of the home to limit how the germs are spread around the house. One small space is easier to disinfect than an entire house! Pay attention to bedrooms and bathrooms. Kitchen counters should also be regularly disinfected. 

Schedule a Telemedicine Appointment

Urgent Care of Mercer County is now offering telemedicine appointments seven days a week for patients unable to leave their homes or are experiencing symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. Telemedicine visits take place over a smartphone, tablet or computer with video capabilities, allowing you to get the diagnosis you need from the comfort of your own home. During your appointment, a provider will be able to assess your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment.

Illness Treatment & Telemedicine in Hamilton & Trenton, NJ

Doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 will require a bit more attention to the way you live your daily life, but it is worth it to keep things from getting worse. If you are worried that your symptoms could be related to this virus, please call Urgent Care of Mercer for advice on how to get tested and where to go from here. Urgent Care of Mercer County can be reached by calling 609-890-4100.