DfV Thinks: How are germs spread?
Our world has changed quickly and in so many ways due to COVID-19, and this brings up a lot of questions. People keep saying that we can help, but how does that work? We chatted with Dr. Jennifer Dyer and Nicole Dempster, PhD of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. We had questions. We wanted to know how easy it is to catch, and how it gets from one person to another. Where does the virus hang out? How can we keep it from hanging out with us?
That pesky virus that causes COVID-19 is spread by tiny droplets of saliva. When someone has come into contact with the virus and they breathe, cough, or sneeze teeny tiny particles that contain the Coronavirus travel out of their lungs and land on whatever is nearby. This is why it's so important to stay at least 6 feet away from people who don't live inside of your home, to wear a mask over your nose and mouth, and to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
If you follow these simple steps, you can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and be a health hero at home!
What else can we do to help?
We can all help protect older people, and people who have weakened immune systems who may be more likely to get sick from COVID-19.
Follow the advice of your physician and local governments in staying safe at home.
Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds (you can even sing songs to make it more fun!).
You may not feel sick, and you or your friends and families may not seem sick, but sneaky coronavirus likes to hang out with you before you even know its there! You can outsmart the virus by following these guidelines.