Common Cold/Virus Protection

The common cold is just that, common, but it is easy to contract when the weather starts to get cold. There is no true vaccine or medicine that completely relieves you from having a cold. However, there are ways you can lower your chances of getting a cold or minimizing the symptoms. By preventing the spread of the common cold comes down to a few basic principles, but it can be hard to avoid if enough people around you are spreading the germs. It is important to realize the effects a cold can have on your work.

Here are a few quick tips from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

  • Stay away from individuals who are sick.

  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces.

If you happen to get a cold you can help prevent it from spreading by practicing the hygiene tips from above. Even though most of us can battle through a common cold with no major issues it’s still important to avoid gatherings or social events while sick. This will help prevent spreading a cold or virus to others. If you are feeling under the weather it is important to remember the effects it has on you and your work. It is also important to not cut corners or take shortcuts especially when it comes to working safely when you are sick.

At this time the CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) Coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The Coronavirus continues to expand, even reaching us here in the United States. There have been 5 confirmed cases reported so far. The states that have reported the virus, as of January 26, 2020, are Arizona, California, Illonois, and Washington State. The risk from virus outbreaks, like the Coronavirus, depends on certain characteristics of the virus. This includes: where it originated, how efficient it spreads between people, the severity of the illness, and all the medical measures that are available to contain the impact (for example, vaccine or treatment medications). Investigations are ongoing to learn more, but person-to-person spread of 2019-nCoV is occurring. It’s important to understand that some viruses are severely contagious, like measles, where other viruses aren’t as deadly. Understanding this will help you better assess the risk of the virus you might potentially have. Even though the CDC is considering 2019-nCov to be a very serious public health threat based on current information, the immediate health risk of the Coronavirus to the U.S. population is low. Nevertheless, the CDC is taking preventative precautions in the case this virus spreads across the United States. It’s a fair guess that more cases will be identified in the coming days in China, but could also possibly include more in the US. Given past data from viruses like MERS and SARS, it’s likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur.

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