Anyone who’s been paying attention to the news can attest to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has become something of unseen proportions in our generation. People are stockpiling toilet paper and bottled water, grocery stores with empty shelves. Here’s what New Mexicans, and Americans, need to know about the coronavirus.
Symptoms Of COVID-19 – The Novel Coronavirus
First, let’s start with the obvious. This is a new illness, and we’re learning more about it every day. According to the CDC, it’s spread when people are within proximity to others of about six feet. It’s also spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The illness is thought to spread when people are the sickest.
There are many questions about what the symptoms are, and the CDC says the signs are cough, shortness of breath, and fever. These symptoms can develop 2-14 days after exposure.
Preventing The Spread Of The Novel Coronavirus
The most straightforward answer to help prevent the spread of the illness are the ones that are taught to us as children. Those include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands, and use soap and water when you wash your hands. If soap and water aren’t readily available, make sure to use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid contact with those that are sick, and if you’re the one who’s sick, stay home!
You’ve probably seen people wearing face masks either in the news on TV or in the grocery store. The face mask is a great idea when you are near other people, like in an office or car.
Throw away any used tissues, and make sure to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
One of the most important things you can do is make sure to clean AND disinfect your home. Wipe off the most commonly touched surfaces in your home and workplace, such as desktops, phones, computer equipment, light switches, etc. And don’t forget your cell phone! Think of it this way – if you touch it, wipe it off. Bleach wipes are a natural first choice. But if you don’t have any, you can use hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar. They’re not as effective as bleach, but they’ll still do the job.
Schools Are Closing In New Mexico
Here in New Mexico, the schools are being closed for the next three weeks to contain the illness and prevent further contamination. This means parents will need to stay home to care for their children and must be out of work unless they’re fortunate enough to be able to work from home. What does this mean for the income of parents who need to stay home? What will the outcome be for everyone as the illness progresses? We’ve yet to find out.
If you are part of the community that is quarantined, whether it’s a decision you made for yourself or your work has mandated it, you rest assured that Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling will stay open. We’re not closing our doors just because the coronavirus has come to the state. We’re taking every precaution to ensure the safety and health of every team member, which will ensure the safety of our customers.
Contact Albuquerque Plumbing For Your Plumbing, Electrical, And HVAC Needs During The COVID-19 Outbreak
If your drains are clogged, your furnace or AC isn’t working, or the electrical in your home needs attention, don’t hesitate to call Albuquerque Plumbing. We’re there to take care of your home, day or night. You take care of yourself and your family, and we’ll take care of your home. Talk about peace of mind! Contact us today!