6 Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family from the Coronavirus
The novel coronavirus has infected more than three million people around the world and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. Once a person gets infected, the virus attacks the respiratory system and causes COVID-19 symptoms that include intense fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the disease can be lethal.
Since the virus is easily spread through respiratory droplets from the cough, sneeze, spit, or vomit of an infected person, authorities in many states in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world have mandated stay-at-home and social distancing measures to stop the spread of the disease. Businesses have been ordered to shut down and schools closed.
If youâ€™re concerned about the safety of every member of your household, youâ€™ll need to practice safety precautions during the pandemic.
What Are the 6 Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family?
These are dangerous times when people find themselves facing an unseen enemy. However, you can do something to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. Goodwill Car Donations has compiled this list of what you can do to keep yourself and your family free from the clutches of the deadly coronavirus.
- Stay at home.
As of the moment, the experts are still working on a vaccine that could hopefully provide people with enough protection against the novel coronavirus. Until then, all are strictly advised to protect themselves from the disease by staying at home and avoid going out unless they need to buy food or medicine or go to the hospital.
- Stay informed.
Itâ€™s important to keep yourself informed by checking out the latest news on the coronavirus situation, particularly in your local area. While youâ€™re at it, make sure youâ€™re getting information from reliable sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) or your local authorities. Itâ€™s also best to have an updated list of contact information of family members, friends, healthcare providers, and other local health organizations.
- Have a separate room for a sick family member.
If one member of your household is sick, itâ€™s important to isolate them immediately inside a room, preferably with its own toilet, especially if the person is an elderly one or has a compromised immunity system, which makes them at high risk of contracting COVID-19. This way, youâ€™ll control the spread of the disease, just in case the person has contracted a contagious one.
- Wash your hands often.
You could catch COVID-19 when your hands touch your face after they come in contact with contaminated surfaces. For this reason, itâ€™s extremely important to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time. You can also use a hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol content.
- Observe social distancing when going out.
If you need to go out, youâ€™ll need to practice social distancing by putting at least a six-foot distance between you and the person nearest you to avoid getting in contact with possible respiratory droplets when the person happens to be infected and they cough, sneeze, spit or speak.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask.
Exposure to an infected person can turn you into a possible carrier of the virus even if you donâ€™t have COVID-19 symptoms. The best way to protect yourself and others is to wear a surgical mask or a DIY mask whenever youâ€™re around people outside your home. You must also need to practice proper respiratory etiquette when youâ€™re coughing or sneezing by covering your mouth with a tissue or your inner elbow in case you donâ€™t have a tissue.
How to Help Others During a Time of Crisis
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, you can still do something to help the jobless and disadvantaged residents of your community. All you have to do is donate any type of vehicle you no longer use or need to Goodwill Car Donations.
To ensure your safety, weâ€™ll arrange an unattended pick-up and towing of your donated vehicle for FREE.
We will sell your vehicle through auction and use the proceeds to support the community-based programs and services of the Goodwill organizations in your area. These IRS-certified 501(c)3 nonprofits provide disadvantaged individuals with job training, employment opportunities, livelihood assistance, and other critical community-building support services.
Youâ€™ll also benefit from your charitable contribution since this will entitle you to receive a substantial tax deduction in the next tax season.
Show You Care for the Needy Today
If you care for your community and the people who live there, taking part in our vehicle donation program definitely makes sense. Call us at 866-233-8586 or fill out our online donation form today to get started with your car donation now!
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