Protecting the Community From COVID-19

COVID-19 has become a global pandemic in the last few months. Here are some ways to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Knowledge:

The best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure to COVID-19

Wash Hands Often:

Scrub for 20 seconds, use sanitizer when necessary, and avoid touching the face

Avoid Contact:

Maintain a distance of 6 feet with others, avoid those who are sick, and stay away from mass gatherings

Wear a Mask:

Masks prevent spread and retention of droplets containing the COVID-19 virus

Cover Coughs/Sneezes:

Regardless of whether you’re in the house or not, and immediately wash hands after

Clean/Disinfect:

Frequently touched surfaces daily, and other surfaces when they seem dirty

These are some ways to keep you and your community safe. Schedule a Telehealth appointment with DocReady today to promote further safety and protection.

How to Protect Yourself & Others

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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 serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness?

Know how it spreads

  • 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, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should:

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often 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 touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always 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.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

Handwashing Resources

Handwashing Tips

Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

INFORMATION GATHERED FROM:

CDC > Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) > Prevent Getting Sick

Page last reviewed: April 24, 2020

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)Division of Viral Diseases

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html