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HCA Houston Healthcare shares steps you can take to protect yourself from Coronavirus


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HOUSTON – We all want to do our part to stay healthy amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Chief Nurse Executive Kelli Nations, and Infectious Disease Specialist & Chief Medical Officer Carl Vartian, M.D. share tips to help you protect yourself and avoid getting sick.

1. AVOID GETTING SICK

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat fruits and vegetables
  • Exercise
  • Don’t stress

Symptoms to watch out for include fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath.

2. WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL UNWELL

If you feel unwell and have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or have traveled to an area with a COVID-19 outbreak, see a doctor promptly.

Call ahead and let the doctor know of your symptoms and that you are concerned about COVID-19.

Finally, take a private car, not public transportation, to the hospital or clinic.

3. STEPS TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR HANDS

  • Palm to palm
  • Between fingers
  • Back of hands
  • Base of thumbs
  • Back of fingers
  • Fingernails
  • Wrists
  • Rinse and wipe dry