Tips and Tricks for Preventing Corona


Katie Jain

Some tools recommended by the CDC and Dr. Shah for preventing the spread of COVID-19 (Photo/ Katie Jain)

Brendan Chia, Online Sports Editor

  • Wash your hands often (at least 20 seconds of scrubbing all surfaces of your hands with soap).
  • Face masks are only for those who are sick and wearing a face mask will not decrease your chance of obtaining the virus unless you have a properly fitted surgical mask (we still do not recommend that you wear a surgical mask as they are meant for medical professionals).
  • Stay at home and try to have as little physical interaction with others as possible.
  • Communicate through technology to stay in touch with friends and family.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face at all times (especially your eyes, nose, mouth).
  • Wipe down surfaces of public tables, seats, etc. with a disinfectant household wipe.
  • Do not just think about yourself! Although you may not suffer very much by getting Covid-19, you may act as a carrier and help to spread the disease to those who may be at risk.
  • Cover sneezes and coughs. Wash your hands after you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze!
  • If you feel sick, call your doctor’s office before going. Do not just show up unexpectedly!
  • If you show any symptoms of Coronavirus, isolate yourself from everyone. Use a separate bathroom from others if possible and maintain a distance from everyone.
  • Be extremely careful when interacting with the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

Interview with Dr. Shah

“I really hope nobody gets really sick, and if the virus displays itself as it has in other populations around the world, then we have a good chance that our kids [PDS students] are going to be okay.”

“If you keep social distance, which is an epidemiological term of six feet or two meters in between people, a face mask is not going to do more or any less”

“The individuals that we should really worry about are the old or people who have long-standing medical illnesses that may make their immune system less robust or if they have underlying lung disease, which means an infection in the lungs could make them seriously ill.”

For more information from the CDC:

Proper hand-washing techniques: