The 5 Most Important Steps You Should Take to Help Prevent COVID-19

As we continue to learn more about coronavirus and the disease it causes COVID-19 there are still many questions to be answered. One of your most pressing questions is how to prevent getting sick.

At Palm Valley Women's Care, we provide compassionate, expert gynecologic and obstetric care. Whether you come see us for prenatal appointments or routine well-woman exams, our skilled providers follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for health care practices to keep you safe while you’re at our office. 

In the meantime, we’ve also compiled a list of five steps you can take to prevent COVID-19, whether you’re at our office or at home.

1. Stay informed

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 is to stay informed. Although the virus is new, researchers and scientists are learning more every day. Learning how the virus spreads, for example, is the first step in preventing an illness. 

According to the CDC, coronavirus spreads through droplets. Droplets can be spread when you cough, sneeze, or simply talk. Because there’s no vaccine yet to prevent this illness, it’s essential to know how it spreads and how to avoid spreading it.

2. Wash your hands frequently

Washing your hands with warm water and soap is essential to staying healthy. Always wash for at least 20-30 seconds and scrub all surfaces of your hands, including between your fingers, under your nails, and the top of your hand too. 

If you’re somewhere without access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer as an alternative. 

Wash your hands before preparing food or eating, after using the restroom (or changing diapers), and anytime you come home after being in a public space. Refrain from touching your face too!

3. Practice social distancing

Social distancing can help you avoid illness by increasing the distance between you and potentially sick individuals. This includes:

If someone in your household is sick, you can still practice social distancing. However, this can be difficult if you’re the caregiver. According to the CDC, if you’re caring for an ill individual, continue to wear a face mask and practice good hygiene.

4. Clean and disinfect household surfaces

As with cold and flu season, it’s essential to clean and disinfect household surfaces, especially doorknobs, faucets, and countertops. According to the CDC, you should follow these steps:

It’s also a good idea to keep disinfectant wipes at your desk at work, in your car, or in your purse for cleaning surfaces (such as your steering wheel) when you’re out and about.

5. Maintain healthy lifestyle practices

In addition to practicing social distancing and increasing handwashing, you can also take care of your immune system. Following healthy lifestyle practices helps to strengthen your immune system. 

According to the experts at Harvard Health, there are several ways to boost your immune system, including:

All of the above are important, but they’re especially important when you’re pregnant. Exercise and eating right can also help reduce your risk of pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes.

How we can help you during this time

We know that it can be unnerving to head out into public during these unusual times, but rest assured, we’re doing our best to keep you and our whole staff safe. 

If you’re pregnant, continue to attend your prenatal appointments. Prenatal care is essential for a healthy, happy pregnancy, and we’ve got you covered. If you need other gynecologic services, we’ve got you covered there too!

We’re located in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona. If you need to begin prenatal care, give us a call.

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