With the COVID-19 outbreak, health care professionals are urging people to refrain from touching their face. Is it too much to ask?

There’s no question it’s easier said than done.

From picking objects up to turning knobs, we’re touching surfaces contaminated with pathogens.

These pathogens can be picked up by our hands and get into the body through mucous membranes on the face — eyes, nose, and mouth — that act as pathways to the throat and lungs.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water. Wash them for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses that cause colds can enter your body this way and make you sick
  • Stay away from people who are sick. Sick people can spread viruses through close contact with others.

If you have symptoms such as difficulty breathing or have been in close contact with a person who has been known or suspected to have COVID-19, call 000 for urgent medical help.

You may experience:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue, and
  • Shortness of breath (severe cases)

At True Dental Care Preston, we take active measures to protect all our staff and patients, while ensuring that high-quality dental services continue to deliver and provide optimum oral health to those in need.

For any concerns, call your Preston dentist on (03) 9131 5952.

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