Coronavirus Q&A: How to Protect Yourself and Others
Coronavirus is spreading in the United States. Learn how to avoid exposure and stay healthy.
There’s a lot of information going around about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our drivers, employees, and communities are a priority so we’ve gathered the answers to several common questions. Remember, if you feel sick, you should stay home!
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick.
I am worried I have the coronavirus, what should I do?
- Call your doctor. In mild cases, your doctor can probably give you advice on how to treat your symptoms at home without needing to see you in person. This is will reduce the number of other people you expose or get exposed to yourself.
- Seek medical attention. If your case is more serious, your doctor may recommend you go to an urgent care center or hospital emergency department. Medical staff can assist with breathing issues or other problems. Call the facility before you arrive to let them know you’re coming. They may have a special entrance they want you to come through or specific procedures for you to follow so you don’t expose other patients on your way in.
What can I do to help protect myself and others from the coronavirus?
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails and scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. To kill most viruses, you need to use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Maintain social distancing.
- Keep at least 3 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, then disposing of the used tissue immediately in a closed bin and washing your hands.
- Avoid spitting in public.
Should I wear a mask?
Wearing a mask when you are not sick will not significantly reduce your exposure. Masks should be worn primarily by people who are sick in order to limit the extent to which their bodily fluids can reach surfaces and other individuals.
Where can I find more information about the coronavirus?
There is a lot of information going around about the new coronavirus. Be sure to get facts from a reputable source and always fact check any news posted on social media sites. Look for websites that provide well-accepted scientific analysis of the situation. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) both have a mission to provide accurate information to the public.