The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world in countless ways. Older adults and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or heart and lung conditions seem to be at a higher risk of contracting the virus and developing serious complications. This is why doctors in Sonoma, California emphasize following good hygiene aside from practicing social distancing.

As per the medical fraternity, there are no vaccines to prevent the COVID-19 nor are there any medications to curb the infection from growing. It is, therefore, needless to say, that the best way of preventing this illness is to simply avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. Doctors and medical experts claim that this virus spreads from person to person, through respiratory droplets that are produced by infected people when they cough, sneeze, or talk.

Listed below are a few tips on how you can protect yourself and your family from the Coronavirus.

Clean Your Hands Often – It is very important to wash your hands as often as you can with a disinfecting soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do so after you have been out in a public place. If you do not have soap and water, you may also use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol in it. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact – This is yet another important tip to keep yourself safe. Do not meet with people who are sick. Be sure to put at least 6 feet distance between your family and other people. Whether the other person is coughing or not, be sure to maintain distance. This is because asymptomatic people too can transmit the virus. A good idea would be to cover your nose and mouth with a mask when you step out of the house.

Clean and Disinfect – Aside from sanitizing your hands after a visit to the grocery store, be sure to also clean disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in your house. This includes kitchen countertops, tables, light switches, handles, phones, toilets, keyboards, faucets, and even sinks. If you find the surface dirty, clean them using detergent before disinfecting. Once you have cleaned the surface, use a household disinfectant.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes – Remember to cover your nose and mouth with a clean hanky or tissue when you sneeze or cough. If you do not have anything to cover your face, just sneeze on the inside of your elbow. Do not hold on to the tissue! Discard all used tissues in the trash. It is important to follow this up by washing your hands with water and soap or alternatively douse your hands with a good-quality sanitizer.

These simple tips will go a long way in keeping you and your family safe and prevent you from contracting the virus. If you do think that you have the symptoms, just schedule an online appointment at 707-938-1255 for a virtual discussion with Dr. Guy, one of the best doctors in Sonoma, California.