HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — One Huntsville group says they're giving away free toiletries to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
"Helping All Live Outstanding" or H.A.L.O., will distribute what they're calling 'COVID-Care Bags".
Organizers plan to distribute 120 of the bags starting in communities in Northwest Huntsville. Items include masks, hand sanitizer, snacks, razors, sanitary napkins, and hand warmers for those cold days and months ahead.
Leaders say they were able to do this after being awarded a local 'COVID-Care Relief Grant', from the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville.
"We were trying to stop the spread of the pandemic. We're just trying to make sure - because a lot of people wasn't able to get hand sanitizer and you know everything that they need. So, we just wanted to be able to help them to have a mask and just trying to slow it down just a little bit," says H.A.L.O. Executive Director, Gretta Fletcher.
H.A.L.O. Is also looking for donations ahead of 'Giving Tuesday'.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a plethora of information on how to protect yourself and other from the coronavirus.
The virus can easily spread from person to person, so the CDC recommends you stay at least 6-feet apart from people not in your household. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breaths or talks, according to the CDC. Because of this, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth facemask when around others and in public.
Additionally, the CDC recommends that you frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Symptoms to look out for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC.
Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the CDC.
If you suspect you have the coronavirus, you should seek out testing and self-quarantine.
Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the Alabama Department of Public Health.