A Scientist's Approach
February 2021 | Issue 1 | Volume 1
What Will Be Our Saving Grace?
Help For Mississippians During Uncertain Times
We have entered yet another phase in our fight against COVID-19 in the U.S. and globally. For many months now, the frontline defenses against developing the disease COVID-19 have been: (1) Personal hygiene including vigilant hand washing, (2) social distancing, and (3) use of a facial mask when in public settings. Now, we have added large- scale vaccination to our “defense tool kit”. But vaccination brings its own set of challenges that our country must face, as it will be the largest vaccination program in our nation's history.
As COVID-19 cases begin to increase, we must remain vigilant in practicing what I like to call
Wash Your Hands, Wear Your Mask, Watch Your Distance."
"The Three W's:
Wash Your Hands
Practicing regular, good hand- washing technique for 20 seconds can virtually eliminate any viral particles that happen to find their way onto your skin. Of course when access to soap and water is not possible, applying a palmful of hand sanitizer (70% ethyl alcohol) by rubbing hands together until dry is recommended.
Filtration materials found in facial masks provide an extremely effective, cost-effective method of preventing infectious individuals (even so-called “asymptomatics”) from passing the virus on to others by trapping viral particles.
Wear Your Mask
Watch Your Distance
The need for social distancing will continue as the months progress. Make sure to maintain a 6 feet distance between yourself and people that you may come in contact with.