Last night my 12-year old daughter asked "How can I help fight the Corona virus?" When I thought about it I realized there are several things we can all do to help, including several those of us in the healthcare industry may take for granted because we do them by rote. I spoke to my daughter, and we decided she could help by educating her teachers, friends, and our family members about some of the simple things we can all do to disrupt the spread. She decided to make a sign with a graphic representation of a "handful of things we all can do, including:
Hand hygiene – In the healthcare environment we are reminded of this every day, all day, in schools, office buildings, gymnasiums, supermarkets, gas stations, public restrooms, and more. Because this is a big one we made it the thumb.
Keep your fingers out of your eyes, mouth and nose. We chose the index finger for this one, and I will leave that one right there. The five second rule (if you drop a cookie or candy on the lunchroom table) has been suspended until further notice!
Cover your cough – coughing into a napkin, tissue, or an elbow really says you care about the people around you enough that you don't want to share your germs. Plus it's simply good manners.
Maintain social distancing – Normally defined as expanding your personal space from a normal distance of 1 foot to a distance of 3 feet or more. Nowadays we have added things like "fist bumps" instead of handshakes and high fives instead of hugs.
If you are showing signs or symptoms of being sick stay home and get help early. As a parent of two I have sat in wide wonder over how some kids are sent to school, scouts, music lessons, and sporting events with a runny nose and a case of the sniffles. This is one case where I have told my daughter it is OK not to share. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you will start to feel better, and the safer we all will be.
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