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Social Distancing and Coronavirus: Dos and Don'ts

As the news continues to develop around coronavirus, we’re getting a lot of questions from members. Here’s a list of dos and don’ts to help keep yourself safe. (updated March 19, 2020)

DO stay home.
Coronavirus spreads fast and people can have it without showing symptoms. Because it’s more dangerous for older adults and those with chronic health conditions (like lung disease, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes), it's best to stay home unless you need something essential. 

DON’T go to restaurants, church, or the movies.
In other words, stay home unless it’s essential. This greatly lowers your chances of coming into contact with the virus.

DO use technology to stay connected.
Connection is important to your physical and mental health. Use Facetime, Google Hangouts, phone calls, and other tools to stay in touch. Plus, there are tons of events popping up online, even virtual opera.

DON’T visit with family and friends.
It’s hard, but necessary. If someone helps you with groceries, laundry, and other chores, keep a distance of at least 6 feet and have them disinfect any surfaces (doorknobs, countertops) they touch.

DO get outside (but keep your distance).
You’re going to hear a lot about “social distancing”. It’s the most powerful tool we have against this virus. Getting out for sunlight and walks is great, just keep at least 6 feet away from others and be sure to avoid crowded areas.

DON’T go to the gym.
Again, this will help you avoid the virus.

DO use delivery services.
If they’re available and affordable to you, skip the store and have groceries and other essentials delivered to you. Your local CVS will mail your prescriptions to you for free in just 1-2 days. Make sure to wash your hands before and after accepting deliveries.

DON’T go to the laundromat if you can help it.
See if a family member or neighbor can pick up your laundry at your door and return it cleaned. If you have to go, bring wipes that are at least 60% alcohol and wipe down anything you have to touch. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands right when you get home.

DO wash your hands often.
Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. And do it a lot. 

Don’t touch  your eyes, nose, or mouth.
If you do come into contact with the virus, you don’t want to give it a path into your body.

DO clean your home often.
Follow these tips from the CDC.

DON’T mix cleaning products.
With stores low on cleaning products, don’t be tempted to make your own. Some combinations of common cleaners are toxic. NEVER mix bleach with ammonia, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol. Also, don’t mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. 

DO call your doctor for any health problems.
Before you go to the doctor, dentist, urgent care clinic, hospital, or other medical facility, call ahead. They may be able to treat you over the phone. If you have an emergency, call 911.

DON’T rely on essential oils and herbal remedies.
We’re already seeing all kinds of claims for everything from gargling warm water to eating garlic. None of this will protect you from the virus. Stick with social distancing and hand washing. 

DO take breaks from the news.
We all want to stay updated, but it takes a toll on your mental health. Build some news-free breaks into your day or limit checking the news to certain times of day (and ideally, not right before bed).

DON’T believe every email and Facebook post you see.
LOTS of them are hoaxes. Always check the source to verify what you’re reading. Or better yet, check our site often and stick with these trusted sources: