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How to stay safe as COVID-19 cases rise

What is the best you can do to prevent yourself from getting COVID-19? You may be at a higher risk than someone else from getting critically ill from COVID-19, we have no way of knowing at this time if you are one of those people. So why not protect yourself as best you can?

Imagine billions of toxic invisible particles in your personal space. Some people have no symptoms and shed billions of viral particles into the air when they talk, cough or sneeze.

Protect yourself – use a KN 95 mask will be about 85 to 90% protective for coronavirus, double mask with a surgical mask will provide similar protection, or you can use a cloth mask over a surgical mask when you can’t be 6 feet away from people which will increase the effectiveness of the cloth mask. Cloth masks may be 30% or less effective if they are not multiple layers thick. Polyester and neoprene let lots of virus particles through. You can also put a cloth mask over a surgical mask. If all people wear masks, it decreases the viral particles in the air more than if 1 person is, doesn’t that make sense?

Protect your breathing air- others wear masks, distance over 6 feet, and remember, if there is no breeze, there is no air exchange. Closed outdoor tents are the same as eating inside and when masks are off, virus particles abound. Data shows the highest risk areas are closed, indoor spaces with people not wearing masks, hand washing, or social distancing. Most large planes have hepafilters, but these can be overwhelmed when people eat and drink. Masks come off and can overwhelm the filters and the filter will not help if the person is sitting next to you. Wear a good mask, 2 masks, and a face shield can add extra protection. Healthcare workers taking care of patients with Covid-19 wear masks and face shields.

Protect your hands that can carry virus after touching contaminated surfaces – Keep your hands clean, do not eat with your hands, or touch your eyes or mouth.