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Staying safe from coronavirus

Scott Robert Shaw

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Once again, your Mom was right. You should wash your hands thoroughly to avoid getting sick. In the wake of the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus, turns out that simple advice remains the best advice. Many are wondering what they can do to stay safe from this rapidly spreading illness. Some are avoiding crowds and even stocking up on water and supplies. But according to the Wisconsin Safety Council and other groups, the single best advice is to wash your hands thoroughly. People can minimize their risk of catching the common cold, the flu or the coronavirus by doing what Mom told them to do when they were young. Doctors recommend washing hands often, using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if you can find any on store shelves. You should cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw it away. Other advice is to avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth, avoid people who are sick, and to frequently clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Those who are sick, whether the cold or worse, should stay home until they feel better. None of these things will guarantee you won’t fall ill, but a little common sense, and listening to your mother, remain your best protection against getting sick.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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