March 18: Steps to staying safe and healthy during the spread of COVID-19

We understand it’s an incredibly stressful time. However, even if you are in one of the higher-risk categories for the coronavirus, you don’t have to panic. Following simple steps and habits will help you avoid contracting the illness or spreading it further. Staying at least six feet away from others when you leave the house and washing your hands with soap and water when you get home or to work is a great start.

Here are some additional resources with guidance on how to keep you and your family healthy:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often — for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or to work
  • Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water aren’t available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze — then be sure to wash your hands
  • Put used tissues in the garbage immediately after use — then wash your hands
  • If you’re sick, stay home
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Only travel on public transportation if you absolutely need to
  • Work from home, if possible
  • Avoid social events or activities where large groups of people may gather
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially in public or if your hands are not clean
  • Avoid having visitors in your home, including friends and family
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, and countertops
  • Wear a facemask around other people if you are sick or have symptoms or before you enter a healthcare provider’s office
  • Have a supply of food staples and household supplies, in case of an emergency
  • Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, medicines, vitamins, etc.
  • Know how your local public health agency will share information in your community, and stay informed
  • Create a plan for you and your family members in the event of any closings or event cancellations or postponements
  • Share safety messages and tips with neighbors or those around you who may not have access to them

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/expert-answers/novel-coronavirus/faq-20478727