March 2020

“If you want a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things” Albert Einstein.

In my over 30 years of practice, I have been fortunate to have only missed 1 day of work due to illness. I believe that much of that can be attributed to the fact that I wash my hands at least 100 times a day. The other is that I practice proper disease prevention techniques. The CDC recommends these everyday practices to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
1. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
2. Very important! Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
3. Stay home when you are sick.
4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash.
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using cleaning spray or wipes.
6. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, or coughing or sneezing.
If water is not readily available, use an alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water when they are visibly dirty.
Our world is nervous about the corona virus, and much of that is due to the unknown. Having a strong education in infectious disease, my strong belief is that there is little to fear with this virus as it really is only problematic to people with compromised immunologic status. Healthy individuals will experience cold/flu symptoms and recover with no lasting effect.

Michael W. Dagostino DDS

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