Keeping Yourself Healthy In the Face Of An Outbreak

Fellow Seattlites,

  Coronavirus is here.  The underlying fear and panic is palpable: from the empty shelves at grocery stores to the complete lack of supplies in the way of hand sanitizer and face masks (that are NOT recommended and do not help prevent people from getting sick).


 So what can you do??


     stay calm


         wash your hands


             stop touching your face


  Remaining calm keeps things in perspective.  Follow credible sites for your information sources.  We reference the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (the World Health Organization.)


 Wash your hands.  


Wash your hands.






NPR put out a great comic you can share with kids (and adults) to help with facts, and how to hand-wash properly.

Here’s a great printable of it.

And how to fold a zine diagram.


One other thing you need to do immediately is STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE.  As your eye doctor professionals we can’t stress this enough.  Viruses (and germs in general) need a method of transmission into your body - and your Eyes, Nose and Mouth are the doorways into your body.  Don’t touch your face and your risk of exposure goes down A LOT.


Everything we know about the coronavirus points to it being transmitted person to person.  It does not appear to be airborne.  So unless someone coughs into your face - getting their spittle on your mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth), the way a virus will get to you is from your own hands.  I don’t know about you, but that’s one hand delivery I don’t want to be on the receiving end of.


The eyes might be a window into your soul, but they are also a window into your system.  So let’s keep your system safe and not touch your face.  (Rubbing your eyes is never a good idea anyway.)


Stay calm.


Wash your hands.


Stop touching your face.


Spread the word instead of germs. 


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