Stay informed on COVID-19

Courtesy / WHO

Courtesy / WHO

Brianne Kerr and Amy McNeel

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to avoid being exposed. People can reduce their chances of being infected by knowing the facts, practicing social distancing, hand washing and disinfecting. 

Quick Facts: COVID-19

  • COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness
  • Primary symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath
  • Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure  
  • COVID-19 is spread mostly through person-to-person contact 

Social Distancing

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Even if you’re feeling healthy, you could already be carrying the virus! Only go out if necessary, and try to avoid crowded spaces. If you are sick, stay at home. 


Soap dissolves the outer, lipid layer of the virus, effectively dissolving the virus. Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds, making sure to scrub the palms, backs of the hands and in between the fingers.


It is possible that COVID-19 spreads by touching contaminated surfaces. The CDC recommends that surfaces often touched should be cleaned daily with solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol. Disinfect your phone and other items you’re using frequently while out.

Stay Informed

With all of the panic, it can be easy to either block out the news all together, or panic at everything you see posted online. Try to check the news regularly, and check that you are getting information from a credible source before sharing.