Layering the way you protect yourself against the coronavirus is critical to prevent the spread.
“If you think about the ability for yourself to get sick, it’s almost like a bunch of pieces of Swiss cheese,” Dr. Suttle explains. “There’s a hole in each one. If the holes line up just right, you can still get the virus.”
The eventual COVID-19 vaccine is one protection, she says, but it’s not 100%. Masking is another protection; it’s not 100%.
Washing your hands, staying 6 feet apart and staying home when you’re sick are other important measures as recommended by medical professionals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The more of those that we have to layer, the more protected we are,” she said. “That goes for COVID-19 as well as influenza.”
It’s not always about us
“I could get the virus, have a very mild form and do just fine … but what if I bring that virus home to my grandmother or my mother over the Thanksgiving holiday? That’s something that I would feel terrible about and spreading the virus to others that are more vulnerable to this illness is what we’re trying to avoid.”
Every year, thousands of people die from influenza in the United States.
“That’s because of human behavior,” Dr. Suttle explains. “Not enough of us get vaccinated, not enough of us stay home when we’re sick and we don’t wash our hands often enough.”
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