5 WAYS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD CORONAVIRUS AS A NURSE
Holly Carter / Tuesday, March 3, 2020 / Categories: Education and Communication, Health

5 WAYS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD CORONAVIRUS AS A NURSE

While there is only a small amount of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States, it never hurts to educate yourself on the matter and to find ways to prevent such an illness.  

What is Coronavirus?

According to the CDC, there are 7 types of Coronavirus that can affect humans, most types coming from an animal origin. It is just as it says in the name, a virus, this virus inparticular is a RNA virus meaning it needs a host to replicate. The different types of Coronavirus that has been identified to affect humans are known to cause the common cold, laryngitis, pneumonia and other common respiratory tract illnesses. This particular virus has never been seen or identified before which is why it is concerning. 

Ways to Prevent Coronavirus:

WASH YOUR HANDS

Wash them with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds

Handwashing mechanically rinses off the virus

COUGH/SNEEZE INTO A TISSUE INSTEAD OF YOUR ELBOW

When you cough into your elbow you can still transfer the virus through contact (think of a hug or carrying a child)

WEAR EXAM GLOVES FOR VIRUS PROTECTION

Always be sure to wash your hands before putting the gloves on and after you take the gloves off

GET THE MOST OUT OF MASKS BY WEARING THEM SNUG

Should fit well against your nose, cheeks and chin

If the mask gets wet, discard and replace immediately

ALWAYS TAKE PRECAUTION

Visitors at a hospital with upper respitory symptoms should wear a mask

Front desk workers should be comfortable talking to patients, asking them to wear a mask if needed and explaining the importance of respiratory etiquette

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

Get your flu shot

Don’t be afraid, be educated. Learn more about the Coronavirus here.

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