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Staying safe from the coronavirus

Scott Robert Shaw



Prepare. But don’t panic. That is the best advice for staying safe from the coronavirus. Many people are asking what they can do to stay safe during this pandemic, and it is rather simple. According to advice from the Centers for Disease Control and the Red Cross, there are some practical things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the virus. It starts with washing your hands. 20 seconds, with soap and hot water. Try not to touch your face. Social distancing is recommended. Don’t go anywhere there are large groups of people, and keep your distance. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing, then throw it away. No high fives, handshakes or hugs. If you are sick, stay home to reduce the risk of infecting others. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches and phones daily. They do recommend having a supply of food staples and household supplies on hand. And make sure you have at least a 30 day supply of prescription medications and other health supplies on hand. But you probably don’t need a year’s supply of toilet paper. Follow the expert’s advice, and you will boost your chances of staying healthy. But if you do get sick, keep in mind it is not a death sentence. Most people get only mild symptoms, which typically pass within two weeks. So don’t panic, but be cautious, and be prepared.

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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