And with winter approaching, health experts say it’s only going to get worse, as more people gather indoors to avoid the cold weather.
How can you protect yourself and those you love? Here is a refresher on the basics.
Wear masks properly
N95 masks provide the best protection, but they are in short supply, and the CDC is not asking people to go out and buy them, as they are urgently needed by health care workers.
Washable, breathable fabric masks will work, but they must have at least two layers – three are preferable – and you can add a filter for greater protection.
The mask should cover both your nose and mouth, and should fit perfectly, without any gaps.
Wash your hands
Do a good job and scrub under your hands, fingers and your fingernails for at least 20 seconds. Use clean, flowing water to rinse thoroughly, then scrub them dry.
Washing for a short period of time has been shown to wash for at least 20 seconds to remove more germs. The song “Happy Birthday” twice during the wash can serve as a “timer”.
Use hand sanitizer
It is important that both of your hands are fully covered, including between the fingers and under the fingernails. Rub your hands until they are dry. If according to the CDC the sanitizer may not be as effective in that case, then use it liberally.
Reduce your risk
The best thing you can do is stay at home, if possible, and reduce your risk by cutting down on visits and trips to the store.
The safest place is outside your house. But even there, you should keep a safe distance from those with whom you do not live.
If possible, you can reduce the risk by eating outside instead of dining in restaurants and avoiding public transport.
Going to bars and night clubs is considered the most risky job.
With coronovirus infections increasing around the country, the coming winter is only going to make things worse as people spend more time together indoors.
And there is always the possibility that if you come in contact with someone who has the virus.
Public health officials recommend having two weeks of food on hand. Keeping pantry stock will also reduce your trips to the grocery store.
Ensure that you have an adequate cleaning and disinfecting supply and that your medicine cabinet is stocked with cough drops and syrups for cough symptoms, congestion for pain and fever, decongestants for acetaminophen and ibuprofen, and antidiarrheals. Keep adhesive bandages for wounds.
If you take prescription drugs, make sure you have enough.
Check for symptoms and get tested
But there is diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, loss of smell and taste, body aches, mental confusion and even delirium.
If you are exposed to coronovirus, the symptoms will likely appear within a week, health experts say. That is, if you are not going to do them at all – which some people do not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, any or all of the symptoms may appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Unless you have severe symptoms, avoid the emergency room, which has erupted in many places. Call your doctor and follow his instructions.
In that case, call 911 or call an emergency care facility near you, the CDC advises.
Do not stress about disinfected packages
According to the FDA, the same goes for washing fruits and vegetables. Just rinse them in plain water.
We now know that the main method of infecting a virus is through air drops in an aerosol from an infected person. But it is still important to wash your hands after disinfecting surfaces and touching or touching objects from outside your home.
CNN’s Maggie Fox, Hawley Yan, Sandy Lomotte, AJ Willingham, Kristen Rogers, Scotty Andrew and Alicia Lee contributed to this report.