More now than ever, we must be our brothers & sisters keeper. As more & more States begin to slowly open up some businesses and activities, we all need to do our part by protecting ourselves, our families, our friends, our co-workers, and our fellow man/woman. The covid-19 virus has changed the way we live our lives in public; likely private too.
Because of the scary Covid-19 pandemic, plenty of bad or misinformation has been circulating – especially on social media – seemingly faster than the virus itself. None of us can afford to go to the next phase, in public, with incorrect information. The myths are growing every day; therefore, we put together the top 5 list of myths & facts about Covid-19 from the top health experts to make re-entering public spaces less confusing. This information is just a short summary of what the experts say. There will be some links to these websites at the bottom of page for you to read more – if you so desire.
Here are the top five:
- Washing your hands with soap & hot water for 20 seconds is more effective than a squirt of hand sanitizer.
- Not everyone infected with the Covid-19 virus shows the same signs. So if you feel ill, assume you have the virus and stay away from others until it’s confirmed that you don’t.
- 1 in 4 people (25%) infected will not show signs but can infect others. So keep proper distance and mask on.
- The virus can last on glass – 5 days, wood – 4 days, plastic & steel – 3 days, cardboard – 24 hours, copper – 4 hours. After you touch things, do NOT touch your face at all before washing your hands.
- There is currently no cure for the Covid-19 virus. Don’t take anything without consulting your doctor.
- There are countless myths/rumors pertaining to this Covid-19 virus, so please go check credible websites like CDC (Center for Disease Control) & NIH (National institute of Health.)
- Do NOT listen to social media remedies if they do not involve reputable experts.
There’s a military theory call “unit cohesion.” There are two types of cohesion – task and social cohesion. Task cohesion is defined as a shared commitment amongst the group to achieve a goal. While social cohesion is how well the members of the team get along. The key to this theory is the balancing of the two. As we start to re-enter stores, work places, MTA, trains, and planes – we all need to vehemently practice task cohesion. This task cohesion is a way to slow down the spread of Covid-19 virus. In public, we must all wear our mask, wash our hands, and maintain social distancing. At the same time, we have to have social cohesion. This means, now is not the time to blame anyone or any group. Moreover, if you happen to see someone without a mask or not maintaining proper distancing, do not chastise them or get angry. But rather a politely remind them or you just calmly walk away. This is a new normal and you can rest assure some will forget; therefore, be kind to each other.
The “CDC points out, the virus is evidenced to spread mainly from person-to-person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes in close proximity—within six feet or less—to others. “That is why social distancing, covering your cough or sneeze, washing hands, and not touching your mouth, eyes, or nose when your hands are not clean is so critical,” says Seema Sarin, MD, a physician for EHE Health.”
- We all have a responsibility in public to each other that much different than in private.
- All of our good health depends on the health of others.
- Likely, your mask will not protect you from the virus but it will protect others from you if you have the virus.
- Wipe down your work surfaces and your phone often.
- If we don’t get this re-entry right, we likely will have additional “stay in” orders.
- Don’t be selfish; think about others.
- Be kind to each other.