If you have been paying attention to the news lately, you have likely learned that there have been two “presumptive positive” Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the state of Colorado in the last week — meaning that the virus could have finally crossed our state lines. The Coronavirus has been spreading rapidly and can now be found in over 70 countries worldwide. While the virus is widespread, it is affecting different countries, cities, and states differently — largely because of how the areas have prepared for the virus.
At the Landmark Apartments, we love our little Fort Collins community, and we want to keep it safe. While the spread of Coronavirus is expected to continue, it is important that you do whatever you can to reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus and ways to reduce the spread of the virus to others should you contract it.
As a source of apartments for rent in Fort Collins, we thought it might be beneficial to share some tips and tricks that can be used for our residents, and residents of Fort Collins in general, to stay safe and ready should the virus make its way to our area. Continue reading to learn more.
Note: While there have been two presumptive positive tests so far in the state of Colorado, it is important to remember that a presumptive positive is not the same as a confirmed case. Instead, it means that the sample that was taken was found to not be the same as a common virus in the area and is suspected to be the Coronavirus. Further testing is required to confirm that it is indeed the Coronavirus. Continue reading to learn more about the safety and readiness tips offered by the American Red Cross.
Coronavirus Safety & Readiness (Prevention Practices for Viruses)
Before we begin discussing the Red Cross’s safety and readiness information, it is important that we note that preventative care for the Coronavirus is not that different from the preventative practices that you make to avoid the common flu.
As you would normally do, be sure to wash your hands often, avoid contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you believe that you are sick to prevent spreading the virus to others. In doing so, you can keep your apartment, our Fort Collins apartment community, the city of Fort Collins, and the state of Colorado as a whole a bit safer.
Avoid Contact With People Who Are Sick
The best thing that you can do to avoid becoming sick is to stay away from people who believe that they are sick. That said, there is no reason to become paranoid and avoid public places. Instead, simply keep your distance from people who are exhibiting symptoms.
Wash Your Hands Often
Every year during flu season and other common sickness seasons, people have to be reminded that it is incredibly important to wash your hands thoroughly. Always wash your hands before you eat, after going to the bathroom, and after blowing your nose. When washing, be sure to wash with soap and warm water for more than 20 seconds. If soap and water are not immediately available, be sure to sanitize your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at a minimum of 60% alcohol.
Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, or Mouth
Another common preventive measure that is common for all viruses is to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as much as possible — as having the virus on your hands could result in you becoming sick. In conjunction with washing your hands often, not touching your face is a great way to prevent sickness.
Practice Positive Health Habits
When people think of getting sick, they think the only way to do so is to avoid the virus completely. That said, some people come in contact with viruses and never catch them because they have healthy immune systems. Getting quality sleep, remaining active, and drinking fluids often are all ways that you can help strengthen your immune system.
If You Do Get Sick…
If you do get sick, it is important to not panic. After all, this time of year is still prime cold and flu season. If you do get sick, be sure to call your doctor to let them know and schedule an appointment.
Once you see your doctor and pending the testing results, be sure to stay home and avoid getting others sick. If you are a student, alert your teachers that you will be unable to come to class. If you have a job, be sure to tell your employer that you’ll be taking time off or working from home for 12–14 days.
For More Information:
For more information on the Coronavirus, visit one of the following resources.