Steps to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

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If you feel you have COVID-19 or are worried that you do, follow the steps below as outlined by the CDC:
“If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.”

Stay Home, Except to Get Medical Attention

– Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms. They’re usually able to recover without medical care in the comfort of their own home. That said, you should not leave home, except when you have to get medical care. And above all, always consult your medical provider if you are suffering any symptoms regardless of severity and follow their recommendations.

-Stay in touch with your doctor: Before you get medical care, call first. But be sure to get immediate care if you have trouble breathing or exhibit other emergency warning signs of emergency – even if you just think it’s an emergency. Get a professional opinion.

-Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, rideshares, or taxis.

-Avoid public areas: That includes parks, grocery stores. Use food delivery services, if you can, to deliver groceries.

Engage in Home Isolation

-Separate yourself: As much as possible, isolate yourself from other residents in your home, especially elderly, pets and other people with a compromised immune system. If possible, use a separate bathroom.

-Designate a “sick room”: Establish a specific “sick room” if possible. This room/area should be as far away as possible from other people and pets in your home. e and away from other people and pets in your home.

Call Ahead Before Visiting Your Doctor

-Call ahead: Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.

-Be Transparent: Inform your doctor’s office that you have COVID-19 if you have a medical appointment that you cannot postpone. This will help protect the office, their workers and other patients

Wear Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

-The CDC recommends you always wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth if you’re sick.

-To protect those around you, the CDC recommends that you at least wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people. Even – and especially – if you’re at home.

Engage in Proper Sneeze/Cough Etiquette

This means you should cover every cough and sneeze.

-Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

-Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.

-Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean Your Hands Often

-Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
-Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

-Soap and water: Soap and water are the best options, especially if hands are visibly dirty.

-Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Sharing Personal Household Items

Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.

Clean All “High-Touch” Surfaces Daily

What are considered “high-touch” surfaces? High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Be sure to clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation areas (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.

-Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.

-If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.

-Clean and disinfect areas that may have any body fluids on them, including blood, urine and stool.

-Using household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if the surface is dirty. And then use a household disinfectant.

-Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed.

-Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

-Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

Monitor Your Symptoms

-Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and cough. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.

-If you are having trouble breathing, seek medical attention, but call first.

-Call your doctor or emergency room before going in and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.

-Wear a cloth face covering (covers your nose and mouth)

-Put on the cloth face covering when you leave your house or when around other people. You don’t need to wear the cloth face covering if you are alone.

-If you can’t put on a cloth face covering (because of trouble breathing for example), cover your coughs and sneezes in some other way.

-Try to stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people. This will help protect the people around you.

-Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

When in doubt, visit the CDC for more information.

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