Americans have adapted new ways of doing things as a result of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Coughs and fevers have become more serious and result in closer-than-usual attention. There are more and more signs everywhere we go about the importance of handwashing. And, many physicians and health care professionals have turned to telehealth to interact with sick patients. Whether these new norms become a permanent way of life is yet to be determined.
The Red Cross states the most important thing to do when someone is not feeling well is to limit the spread of germs and prevent infection. This is especially important for individuals who are immunocompromised and have other chronic medical conditions.
According to Harvard Health, individuals with heart failure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and neurological conditions are more susceptible to developing more serious illnesses.
No one knows the exact amount of time an illness will last, but health care providers strongly advise people to take precautions to prevent it from getting worse. A key first step, when diagnosed, is to reduce contact with others. See below for other ways to stay safe.
Hand Washing 101
The CDC states that staying home when sick, increasing handwashing, and avoiding close contact with others are good ways to prevent the spread of a virus.
Handwashing is essential, yet some of us may not be washing our hands correctly. Below are some tips from the CDC on proper handwashing techniques:
- Wash hands with regular soap and water; antibacterial soap is not required
- Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to say the alphabet)
- Clean under fingernails, an often overlooked area where germs live
- Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol after handwashing to be extra careful
It can be difficult not to see friends and family during “stay-at-home” guidelines. But, there are other ways to engage with loved ones, including:
- Use FaceTime video calling, which allows up to 31 people to participate at a time
- Download Google Duo or WhatsApp, both free, to do a video call for non-iPhone users
- Post texts of inspiring videos, uplifting photos and positive articles to family members and friends
- Send puzzles, books and greeting cards to frail and at-risk seniors
Using Incontinence Products
With paper products flying off store shelves recently, people have been concerned about running out of food, household items and necessary medical supplies. It’s important to know where to buy quality products offering superior protection and timely delivery.
If you’re managing incontinence or caring for someone who is, it’s important to make sure quality supplies are stocked at home to avoid running out of these essentials.
NorthShore offers convenient, discreet and reliable shipping. Our Auto-Ship Subscription Program makes it easy to stay at home and have products on hand at all times, and our partnership with FedEx ensures accurate and timely deliveries.
Having the right mindset, exercising caution when interacting with others and staying inside when sick are some key steps to staying healthy, especially when feeling ill.
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