Arizona’s stay-at-home order came to an end this week, after more than a month since it took effect. Governor Ducey also announced more businesses could reopen. With more people anticipated to spend less time at home and in potentially crowded spaces, we asked University of Arizona virologist Felicia Goodrum what individuals can do to protect themselves from the virus even as the number of confirmed cases continues to climb.
“What I’ll be doing, and advise people I know to do, is to really keep very diligent attention to the social distancing. Keeping six feet distance between you and other people when you’re out,” Goodrum said. “And hand washing is really 98% of our battle against this virus. It’s an enveloped virus, it’s very susceptible to soaps and detergents.”
Goodrum also encourages people wear face masks.
“The masks give us an extra layer of protection,” Goodrum said. “The virus can shed even less than that six-foot distance.”