Ways you can prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community

During the outbreak of COVID-19 its important for us all to be able to distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases. It’s very important that the public does they’re part and distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily spread disinformation, so you can do 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources for more information regarding COVID-19 to get the facts about the federal response.

The CDC recommends that you take these steps in limiting the spread of COVID-19

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
  • Limit movement in the community
  • Limit visitors

It’s important that we all do our part and stay home.

Lets take a scenario to explain the significance of why its important to stay home:

  • Peter got infected yesterday but he won’t know thats he’s infected with COVID-19 until 14 days has passed. 
  • Peter continues to live his life normally and believes he is healthy while infecting 10 people per day. 
  • The 10 people who were infected by Peter will continue the cycle and continue to spread the virus until hundreds and thousands of people are infected. 

This is why it’s important to stay in quarantine and be responsible.

According to the CDC “There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.”

Here are ways you can protect yourself and your family:

  • Clean your hands often and Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Ways you can protect others:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash and Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 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. 

Please refer to the hyperlink to Learn what to do if you are sick. This is information provided from the CDC

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers. 

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens .  

Claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.). 

The CDC informs the public that “Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.”

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