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How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus (COVID-19)

First detected in China in late 2019, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has now spread to almost 70 locations internationally, including the United States. As of March 2020, officials in the United States have confirmed approximately 80 cases in 13 states and nine deaths.

Take care of your health and help product others by doing the following:

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Thoroughly washing your hands can kill viruses that may have been picked up during your daily activities. To properly wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand rub or use soap and water, and wash for at least twenty seconds.

Keep Your Distance

If you are around anyone who is coughing or sneezing, maintain a three-foot distance away from them. When anyone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose and/or mouth. If they are infected with the virus and you breathe it in, you could catch the COVID-19 virus.

Avoid Touching Your Face

Your hands touch hundreds of surfaces every day, making them very susceptible to picking up germs and potentially the coronavirus. Once your hands are contaminated, they can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth very easily.

Practice Proper Hygiene

When you cough or sneeze, make sure to cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue. Dispose of the tissue immediately after use. Practicing good respiratory hygiene can protect the people around you from the coronavirus and the every-day cold or flu.

Seek Medical Care Early

If you are feeling unwell, staying at home is the best choice you can make. If you have a fever, cough, or are experiencing difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away by teleconferencing with our staff . Please be advised that you should only be wearing a mask if you are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, not if you are healthy.

Stay Informed

Staying informed on the latest developments involving COVID-19 can give you the knowledge and advice necessary to protect yourself and others from catching to disease. Visit the WHO and CDC websites for the most up-to-date information.

If you are concerned that you may have contracted COVID-19 or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, contact one of St. Elizabeth Urgent Care locations right away! We conveniently have urgent care centers throughout the state of Texas.