6 Ways to Minimize Your Family’s Chances of Getting the Coronavirus This Fall

Mother Checking Child's Temperature During Cold and Flu Season

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been obsessively following local and national news updates about the coronavirus for months. Although it’s spread to every continent and almost every country, causing almost 27 million people to become ill and 875,000 deaths — I completely shut out worldwide news coverage around May, when the outlook in most of those counties starting improving, but don’t get me started.

As schools across the country resume in-person learning and Labor Day marks the end of summer holidays — it’s the perfect time to brush up on proactive ways to prevent your family from getting the coronavirus.

The coronavirus is a respiratory illness like the flu. The virus is spread when contaminated droplets from coughs, sneezes, or talking enter mucus tracts like your eyes, nose, and mouth. There is also evidence to support that infection by airborne transmission is possible, and that coronavirus lives on surfaces like stainless steel or plastic for up to three days.

The general consensus is that most people who contract the virus, have mild symptoms, and make a full recovery, life-threatening complications are possible — especially for people with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems. There’s been a lot of conflicting opinions from experts about whether children have a lower chance of contracting the virus or if they’re just less likely to have severe symptoms — but with many Americans starting to return to work and venture further from home, it’s more important than ever to practice safety precautions for the safety of our families and others.

Here are 6 ways to minimize your family’s chances of getting the coronavirus, this fall.

1. Sterilize your house.


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