At the moment, the United States is in the middle of an unprecedented set of circumstances. Thanks to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, millions of United States citizens are facing hazards never before experienced. As of late April, more than 50,000 United States residents have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. As scary as those numbers are, in many ways, life marches on. We still need to get groceries. We still need to earn a living. We still need to interact with our communities.
Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed several strategies for staying safe. Here are some helpful COVID-19 safety tips for Hudson, CO residents.
COVID-19 is worse than the flu
A lot of people who are under-informed about the dangers of the novel coronavirus have taken to the claim that the virus is no worse than the flu. That is inaccurate. Medical experts around the world have explained that the coronavirus is much more harmful than the flu. Though the average adult may be able to cope with COVID-19—some even fail to show symptoms—the disease is especially detrimental to the elderly, small children and anyone with a compromised immune system.
Know the dangers
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a virus that’s easiest to transmit through the air. The bright side here is that the virus hasn’t been shown to survive very long on surfaces. It’s especially incapable of surviving for long periods on cloth material like clothes. The most significant danger of catching COVID-19 is through breathing in the virus. As a result, the CDC has implemented social guidelines designed to keep people a minimum safe distance from one person.
Popularly known as social distancing, these guidelines are meant to reduce new instances of the disease by merely keeping coronavirus out of reach of new victims. As a result, the CDC recommends staying at least six feet away from anyone not in your immediate family unit.
Wear a mask
In the United States, our society has never experienced a situation in which we were compelled to wear a mask when we’re going to be around others. That makes the edict somewhat tricky for a lot of Americans to follow. Maybe you think you look silly. Maybe you’re not worried about catching COVID-19.
Well, consider this: a mask isn’t for your protection—it is to protect others from you. You could be a silent carrier of COVID-19 without even realizing it. That means you could spread the contagion to anyone you come into close contact with. If you’re wearing a mask, however, you significantly lower those odds.
Your ally in safety
At High Plains Engineering & Design, LLC, we’re committed to helping our friends and neighbors keep staying safe in Hudson, CO and the surrounding areas. That’s just one part of the commitment that has made us a fixture of the community since we opened our doors more than a decade ago.
When the shelter-at-home order lifts, we’ll go back to work, providing exemplary civil and structural engineering. Until then, however, it’s our sole hope that our fellow Coloradans are weathering the storm in safety.
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