The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of millions of people around the world, with far too
many cases resulting in death. We need to protect ourselves and others from the spread of this terrible
illness. The best way to prevent contracting and/or transmitting COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to it.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to slow the spread and limit the threat of COVID-19.
We know that COVID-19 spreads mainly among those who are in close contact for an extended period of
time. Consequently, social distancing plays one of the most important roles in preventing the spread of
COVID-19. This means we want to keep our distance from people who are not within our household.
You should maintain at least six feet of distance, which is approximately two arms lengths, in both
indoor and outdoor spaces.
Social distancing should be practiced with a number of other safety measures to prevent the spread of
COVID-19, one of which is masking-up. When a contaminated person coughs, sneezes, talks and
breathes, droplets are expelled and launched into the air. These virus-filled droplets can then be inhaled
into the lungs of a person who is in close proximity or land in the mouths, noses or on the eyes of people
nearby. So, you should always cover your nose and mouth with a mask when you are around other
people to help reduce the risk of the airborne transmission of COVID-19.
Masks with two or more layers are more effective. Your mask should also fit securely on the sides, above
your nose and under your chin. Masks with nose wires are helpful to acquire a better fit. You should also
regularly wash your mask to keep it contamination-free. Additionally, wearing glasses could help shield
your eyes from airborne COVID-19 transmission.
We also know that COVID-19 can live for a few minutes up to several days on surfaces, depending upon
certain environmental factors such as sunlight, humidity and surface material. So touching
contaminated surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth can spread COVID-19 as well.
Therefore, washing your hands is imperative when attempting to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Hands should be washed often with soap and water and for a period of at least 20 seconds – the time it
takes to sing the happy birthday song twice. Scrub all parts of your hands, including between fingers and
under nails, and use a clean – preferably disposable – towel to dry. If soap and water are not available,
hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol will suffice.
Key times to be sure to wash your hands include after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose,
coughing or sneezing; before preparing and eating food; before and after caring for someone with
COVID-19 symptoms; before and after treating any cuts or wounds; and after touching garbage cans and
mail. Also be particularly careful when you are out and about. You will want to wash your hands after
touching gas pumps, electronic cash register screens, groceries, door handles, counters and more. A
good rule of thumb is to wash your hands every time you come into a foreign surface. Wearing gloves
can provide added protection in these instances as well.
It is also very important to routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at your home or
office, such as counters and tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, toilets, sinks, fixtures, keyboards,
remotes, car interiors and car door handles. Also, keep clothes and any other washable fabrics regularly
Since prolonged periods in the presence of someone infected with COVID-19 can increase the likelihood
of contracting the virus, you should also avoid crowded indoor spaces, spaces with poor ventilation and
engaging in interaction with new people. If you have to be inside, it is a good idea to choose places
where others are wearing masks as well; and if you have a choice, outside is always a better place to be.
Although the risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 may not be as high for some people as it is for
others, all those who are contaminated with COVID-19 can spread it. Therefore, we have a responsibility
to protect those we love, others who surround us, our community and all of humanity by doing our part
to limit the spread of this potentially life-threatening disease.
We can do this by practicing the CDC’s proven and recommended COVID-19 prevention safety
measures; and if you have contracted COVID-19, are exhibiting symptoms consistent with coronavirus
infection or have been in close contact within anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or is known to have
contracted COVID-19, you should isolate until it is safe to be around others – for a period of at least ten
Learning all we can about COVID-19 and how to prevent it in the first place is one of the best ways we
can work to keep everyone safe in these tumultuous times. Clinical research and the findings that are
uncovered within the clinical trial process are vital to advancement of medicine and essential for
discovering better ways to prevent, treat, control and diagnose COVID-19. Riverside Clinical Research, an
award winning clinical research facility that is dedicated to the betterment of our planet and
maintaining the good health of all of the people on it, is currently scheduling COVID-19 clinical trial
If you would like to markedly contribute to significant breakthroughs in medicine and help build a
brighter future by joining the dedicated team Riverside Clinical Research as a clinical trial volunteer,
please feel free to call Riverside Clinical Research for more information at 386-428-7730 Monday
through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.; or email your questions to
Riverside Clinical Research volunteers are paid for their time, there are no costs for the medical
procedures or treatments provided at Riverside Clinical Research and there is no insurance necessary to
participate in Riverside Clinical Research trials. To learn more about the clinical trials at Riverside Clinical
Research feel free to access the patient portal which can be found on riversideclinicalresearch.com.
The professionals at Riverside Clinical Research and their volunteers are working diligently today to
enhance lives through improved medical outcomes tomorrow. Riverside Clinical Research is
conveniently located at 1410 S. Ridgewood Avenue in Edgewater.