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Best coronavirus defense: Wash your hands

Hand, cough hygiene important in preventing coronavirus spread
Posted at 10:56 PM, Jan 26, 2020

TEMPE — News traveled fast across the Arizona State University campus: a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus affecting someone associated with the school.

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Freshman Jeremiah Herrera says the first thing he did was buy hand sanitizer.

"I don't know what else to do. Hand sanitizer... and I have wipes as well to wipe down things," he said.

Physician Assistant Carrie Bates with FastMed Urgent Care says that was good call and washing your hands is even better.

"Hand-hygiene and cough-hygiene are important," she said.

Bates says while the virus is not the flu, it spreads like in the same way through coughing, sneezing and respiratory droplets.

"You want to try to avoid touching public surfaces and then especially touching your face," she said.

And she says the risk is so low for the general public that unless you're a healthcare worker or actively showing symptoms, most of us don't need to bother with a mask.

"Do you need to walk around going to the grocery store movie theater wearing a mask? No," she said.