With the spread of the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, it’s important to stay informed and take precautions. Follow this advice from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep your family healthy this season.

Wash Your Hands for 20 Seconds

Make sure you are using soap and lathering your hands, including under your fingernails, for 20 seconds. To keep track of time, hum the “Happy Birthday” song or count to 20. Most importantly, wash your hands before and after you eat or handle food, after coughing, and after using the restroom. In between washes, use hand sanitizer and avoid shaking hands when possible. If you get a cut, wash it immediately and cover the wound.

Cover Your Cough

When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your shirt or elbow. You can also cough or sneeze in a tissue; however, be sure to throw it away immediately. Wash your hands after you cough or sneeze. If you coughed or sneezed on your clothes, wash them as soon as possible. If you can, use bleach to prevent the virus from spreading.

Keep Your Hands Off Your Face

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises to avoid touching your face, as this accelerates the spread of the virus. Most importantly, try not to touch your mouth or eyes. If you must touch your face, use a tissue and wash your hands immediately.

Disinfect Your Home

Make sure to thoroughly disinfect your home. Be sure to disinfect your counters, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If you use a disinfectant wipe, throw it away before you clean another surface. Refer to this list of products to use in your home. Also, change your air filters to remove dust and bacteria.  

Stay Home When You or a Family Member Gets Sick

If you or a family member shows signs of the coronavirus, stay home. Similar to the flu, the symptoms include a fever and dry cough. Most experts suggest a two-week quarantine if you or a family member gets infected. If you show symptoms of the coronavirus, avoid all public places including work offices, grocery stores, and gyms. Consider having your groceries delivered instead of shopping in a store.

Know Invitation Homes Takes Health Safety Precautions

At Invitation Homes, we take our residents’ health and safety seriously. All Invitation Homes maintenance technicians will carefully follow our standard protocol of using hand sanitizer or washing hands before entering a home and use shoe covers at every visit.

Find out what precautions we’re taking and see what the CDC recommends here .

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