Reps. Dingell, Mitchell encourage people to bump – not shake – amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 2:33 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 14:33:07-05

WASHINGTON (WXYZ) — U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Paul Mitchell are encouraging people to bump – not shake – amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Democrat and Republican have come together to help prevent the spread of the common cold, flu, and coronavirus. They are also telling people to wash their hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds, stay home when you are sick, and cough and sneeze into your elbow.

“Commonsense is the best tool we have to prevent illness such as the common cold, the flu, as well as the Coronavirus,” the lawmakers said. “Wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and bump don’t shake. Those are the best tools we have to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – as well as the common cold or the flu. As for facemasks, follow CDC’s recommendations: facemasks should only be used by people who show symptoms and are crucial for healthcare workers. If you are well, you do not need a facemask.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.