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Gone Viral

Gone Viral

It’s on every channel, in every newspaper, all over the Internet, and the topic of several memes on social media. It’s become a public health emergency and a possible pandemic. It’s the cause for travel fears, and empty store aisles that usually contain facial masks, hand sanitizer, Lysol, and bleach. By now, you’ve figured out that the culprit I’m referring to is the Coronavirus.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being unnerved at how quickly this disease has gone viral. But what concerns me more is the fact that we are still very reactive when it comes to our health and well-being. Colds, influenza, and other viruses have been in existence since the beginning of time. That’s not to make light of their impact, but to highlight the fact that while the cause for concern may change, the approach remains the same. Basic prevention practices are key to minimizing the spread of unwelcomed and unwanted germs. Here are some things that you can do to protect yourself and others:

  • Properly wash your hands with soap and water when:
    • Coming in from outside
    • Touching contaminated surfaces
    • Hands are visibly dirty
    • After touching animals
    • After coughing or sneezing
    • After using the bathroom
    • After coming in contact with someone who is not feeling well
  • Use hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water
  • Don’t cough or sneeze into the air
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Clean commonly used surfaces with a disinfectant
  • Make an appointment to see your health care provider if you are not feeling well
  • Get plenty of rest and eat a balanced diet
  • Keep up to date with your immunizations
  • If you are not feeling well, and staying home is not an option, try to keep your distance from others (at least 6 ft.)
  • Avoid eating and drinking after other people

There are many things that we want to be circulated for all the world to see and experience. But when it comes to germs, sharing is not caring. If we all do our part to stay continuously vigilant, less things will go viral. If you are a health care provider who is interested in helping Black women and girls take care of their health and wellbeing, consider becoming a BGH partner:

Valerie Pogue
Valerie Pogue

Valerie N. Pogue, RN, MPH, CCWS - Valerie has been working in the health promotion field for over 15 years. She is a 3-time graduate of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she studied Public Health and Nursing. Valerie is currently employed as a Wellness Program Coordinator where she develops programs and offers services that will positively impact organizational health. She is a firm believer that with the right tools and resources, YOU can unlock the door to your health and wellbeing.


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    Barbara A. Durham
    March 4, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Proud of you Ms. Val !

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    Evelyn Everett
    March 4, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Great article.

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    Linda Blanchard
    March 5, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Very informative. Thanks

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    Kia Dunn
    March 11, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Kudos! You are so awesome!

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    Pat Atkinson
    March 14, 2020 at 6:01 am

    Thanks for posting this, health is wealth!

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    Candyce Greene
    March 17, 2020 at 1:26 am

    Great article! Thank you for sharing ways we can stay in control in such chaotic times.

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