(FinancialHealth.net) – The deadly novel coronavirus is leaving many people in fear as it rapidly spreads across the United States. A new study revealed COVID-19 is even more contagious than doctors originally thought. The good news is there are simple precautions Americans can take to protect themselves, and we aren’t talking about just washing your hands.
On March 17, Reuters reported on a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) study that found the virus lives for a long time in the air and on surfaces. COVID-19 remains in the air for at least 3 hours after an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The droplets released from their body will remain infectious that entire time. It also stays alive for 3 days on stainless steel and plastic surfaces; the virus also lives for 24 hours on cardboard.
That means if a person with the virus delivers supplies to your home, you could contract COVID-19 from the package’s cardboard or plastic surface. If they touch your steel door or even your doorbell, you’re at risk.
You can take some simple steps to reduce your exposure from medical supply or grocery deliveries.
- Arrange for the company to deliver your items without contact.
- Put a pair of gloves on to protect your hands.
- Spray the package with disinfectant before taking it inside.
- Use a disinfectant wipe on any surface the delivery person touched.
- Throw the gloves in the trash.
- Wash and dry your hands after your items are in your home.
It may seem as if you’re taking extreme measures to protect yourself, but that’s what this situation calls for. Your life is important, and simple steps like this can reduce your risk of catching COVID-19. At the end of the day, you have nothing to lose by being extra cautious.
~Here’s to Your Financial Health!
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