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Healthy habits are helping

While there is much about the coronavirus we still don’t know, health experts offer advice to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Scroll to see what experts say.


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Does COVID affect pets?

Treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection. Because there is a risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, CDC recommends that pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household.

 

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The best materials for face masks

When choosing the right material for face coverings there are a few things to keep in mind: Two layers of fabric are better than one. Make sure your mask has a snug fit and that you can breathe easily through the layers. The best fabrics to use, from most to least effective:

Cotton (600 count)
Cotton + flannel or silk
Chiffon
Silk
Flannel
Quilter’s cotton (80 count)

 
Can you catch the virus outdoors?

Is it safe to go outside? While experts are still learning how the coronavirus spreads, many scientists say that if you are going to leave home, being outside is safer than in an office, store or other indoor space.

 

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Should you try a ‘quarantine bubble’?

To balance the risks of catching COVID-19 with the needs of physical and mental health, many folks are isolating together in small groups or quarantine bubbles. Some experts say these pods are a good way to expand your social circle and stay safe.

 
How to use cleaning products safely in your home

It may suprise you to learn that one survey found more than a third of people are using cleaners and disinfectants wrong. Furthermore, calls to poison control centers have increased since March. Remember to follow the cleaning instructions for all products (especially bleach), and don’t use cleaning products or disinfectants on your food, your skin or as something to swallow or ingest.  

 

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How to make a cloth mask

Studies now show that wearing a mask can slow the spread of COVID-19. Don’t have a mask? You can make your own.