UNITED STATES – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have taken to social media to encourage Americans to practice the “3 W’s”, as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to climb across the country.
According to the CDC, the three W’s include: wearing a mask, washing (or sanitizing) your hands, and watching your distance when in social settings.
The social media push comes as CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield testified about the country’s COVID-19 response in front of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Sept. 16. Redfield told senators that while a vaccine may be on the way, if all Americans wore masks, COVID-19 could be controlled in six to 12 weeks.
“They (masks) are our best defense,” Redfield said.
He added a vaccine might not become widely available to the American public until later in 2021.
“The best defense we currently have against this virus are the important mitigation efforts of wearing a mask, washing your hands, social distancing and being careful about crowds,” Redfield said.
SaniGo, a veteran-owned small business, which produces a 75% isopropyl alcohol-based sanitizer in Indianapolis, IN., said they were pleased to see any increased awareness about the effectiveness of hand sanitizer, especially in situations where germs could potentially be spread to others.
“Here at SaniGo we want to see sanitizer, which studies have shown helps stop the spread of Coronavirus, in as many places as possible,” SaniGo Business Development manager Jordan Mendenhall said. “We would also encourage those leaving home to practice the CDC’s three W’s to help stop the spread of this deadly disease.”
As of Sept. 17, more than 197,000 Americans had died from COVID-19, with positive cases reaching more than 6.6 million. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
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