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Defeating Coronavirus: Simple Precautions Have the Most Power

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Curtis Barnett President and CEO of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

It’s easy to understand why viruses can scare us. We often fear what we cannot see.

We often wish for a magic cure or protective armor, but for viruses like coronavirus, it’s important to remember that the best prevention isn’t complicated at all.

By faithfully following some age-old common-sense practices, we can minimize this new disease’s impact. It’s a time-tested battle plan that relies on all of us doing our part to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our co-workers and our communities by:

  • Remaining calm and sticking to the basics.
  • Washing our hands frequently – especially after coming in contact with people or objects others might have handled.
  • Limiting hand-to-face contact.
  • Opting for waves instead of handshakes, etc.
  • Practicing social (or physical) distancing by keeping at least six feet from people outside your immediate family.
  • Limiting trips to only those that are essential, like for food or medicine. When you do venture out, sanitize your hands often.
  • If you’re concerned about catching the virus at work, then working from home may be an option.
  • Staying home when we are ill. If you have sick time, use it. Even if you have to take unpaid time off, that’s better than making others sick and spreading the virus.
  • Keeping track of what trusted health officials are saying. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health department will have the latest information and advisories. Check to get the scoop.

These simple steps are very effective at fighting coronavirus.

So now that you know the battle plan, it’s important for each and every one of us to actually follow it.

The power to win the battle against coronavirus rests with us. So let’s all join the fight.

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