Don’t Panic: COVID-19 And What You Should And Shouldn’t Do


by Houston Texas Painters - March 26, 2020

What started out as a mere rumor and then the object of wide-spread conversation has become a pandemic and a national panic attack. Daily, states are enforcing ‘stay-at-home orders’ to try and curtail the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, American’s are bracing themselves for a ‘new normal.’ If you’re facing quarantine either by an order from your government or you’re in self-quarantine, Houston Texas Painters wants to show you how to live safely under a coronavirus quarantine. 

DO’S! 

  • Stay home unless you need medical care 

If you need to go to the doctor or ER, call ahead to let them know you have symptoms of the coronavirus. 

  • Avoid common areas 

If you have or suspect you have the coronavirus and live with others, seclude yourself to a private room to avoid further contamination. 

  • Use separate bathrooms (if possible) 
  • Wear a face mask and disposable gloves 

When taking care of a loved one who’s sick, wear a face mask and use disposable gloves at all times, if possible. If you’re sick, wear a face mask and disposable gloves if you need to be around others. 

  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, often 

These areas include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, remote controls, and bedside tables. Use cleaners with a strong disinfectant. 

  • Wash infected laundry separately and disinfect the hamper 

When handling laundry while sick with the coronavirus whether by self-quarantine or by government order, use gloves to transfer the clothes and take care to wash infected clothes separately from other family members who aren’t sick. 

  • Take preventive steps 

Remember what your parents taught you: when you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth (not with your hand!) then wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. When you blow your nose, throw the tissue away then wash your hands. After you go to the bathroom, wash your hands with hot water. Before and after you prepare food, wash your hands. Before and after you eat, wash your hands.  

  • Eat separately  

DON’TS! 

  • Don’t share 

If you suspect you have the COVID-19 virus then don’t share your dishes, cups, utensils, towels, or bedding with other members in your home. 

  • Don’t reuse protection items 

While there may be a shortage of supplies, it’s dangerous to reuse medical supplies like disposable gloves and face masks. To prevent the spread of the virus, always dispose of used protection items and use a new pair of gloves each time. If you have reusable masks, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and replace the filters appropriately.  

  • Don’t leave isolation until instructed 

Since the COVID-19 virus is still so new, it’s difficult to diagnose and treat. So even if you’re feeling better, DO NOT leave your place of quarantine until your doctor has given you a clean bill of health.   

  • Don’t ignore worsening symptoms 

According to the CDC, the primary symptoms for COVID-19 can have life-threatening effects for everyone but especially for individuals who are 65+, in a nursing home or group home, have chronic lung disease, heart conditions, underlying medical conditions, diabetes, are immunocompromised, severely obese, or are pregnant. 

  • Avoid contact with pets 

While there hasn’t yet been a study to determine the effects of the COVID-19 virus on pets, it’s recommended to limit your contact if you are sick. If you live with family and are sick, DON’T allow pets into the isolation area. When touched, they become carriers and could possibly spread the virus via their fur. Ultimately, it’s better to be safe for you and your fur family. 

  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. 

Whether you’re sick or not, don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands (even if they look clean). 

While we still don’t know enough about the COVID-19 virus, everyday our government is working laboriously to find a way to test for the virus as well as create a vaccine. In these times, it’s important to remember to respect your state orders and to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Above all else, we are a nation UNITED and like former President, Barack Obama said “When times get tough, we don’t give up. We get up.”