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In light of community spread coronavirus in the US, we have started a dedicated COVID-19 board on DDF to discuss the outbreak and its implications on everyday life, travel, holidays, and more. For example you can see all airline waiver links here or discuss preparation plans here.
With a 3.4% mortality rate, everyone should be taking steps to avoid its spread. Even though the mortality rate for healthy people under 50 is under 0.5%, that’s still an extremely high mortality rate compared to the flu and you can pass on the virus to someone who is more vulnerable.
I’m on a plane now from LA to Cleveland and we’re taking basic precautions like wiping down the seat and tray table with Clorox wipes. Coronavirus seems to be the talk of everyone at the airport and on the plane.
Here are some basic steps that everyone should be taking:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap isn’t available.
- Avoid touching your face at all times. While the CDC doesn’t advise that laymen wear a mask (except if they’re infected to avoid spreading coronavirus), there’s no denying that wearing a mask is an effective method of not touching your face. You don’t need an N95 mask for that purpose.
- Stop shaking hands and hugging. This will be tricky, but a concerted effort needs to be made to avoid spreading the virus.
- Religious Jews are at high risk of community spread due to frequent gatherings at schools and synagogues. Let’s nod our heads and say hello to greet each other instead of shaking hands and make sure to take common-sense precautions during kiddushes. Some will say we should stop praying together, but surely prayer is something we need more of during times like this, as long as basic precautions are taken.
- Carry disinfectant wipes for use on surfaces for everything from your plane seat to your shopping cart.
- Beware of reusable bags that can carry a virus from place to place without ever being cleaned or thrown away.
- Avoid opening bathrooms, commercial doors, elevator buttons, etc. with your fingers. Use your knuckles or fist if you don’t have a paper towel to use.
It’s also a good idea to stock up on basics like pasta, peanut butter, canned food, soap, hand sanitizer (which can also be made at home), disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.
How are you preparing to help stop the spread of coronavirus?