Use Healthy Practices to Protect Yourself
The best way to stay healthy is to follow these steps from the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them – use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Find full information on how to disinfect here.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
Follow these 3 easy steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Sneeze or cough? Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or use your elbow!
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces around your home and work frequently.
Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19:
Community practices such as social distancing, closures and canceling large gatherings can help slow the spread of this virus.
Here’s how you can help:
- Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
- Stay home if you can and avoid any non-essential travel.
- Avoid social gatherings of more than ten people.
- Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others if you must go out in public.
- Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts. Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options.
- Avoid visiting nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities.
Precautions for Those at Higher Risk:
According to the CDC, early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to avoid getting sick.
- Stay home and avoid crowds as much as possible. Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Talk with your doctor about any additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
- Stock up on supplies:
- Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time. If you cannot get extra medications, consider using a mail-order option.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
Source Credit: AmericanRedCross.com