Stay Healthy (COVID-19)
COVID-19 Health Safety
During the outbreak of COVID-19, the most important things to public health is being prepared and knowing what information is true about the virus that can best help protect everyone. Being knowledgeable about the “Corona Virus” is the best way to take care of yourself and your family. The people at higher risk are the very young, older people, and people with chronic diseases or compromised immune systems. The best way to prevent further infection is by the following steps that have been given out by the South Health District:
- Wash hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Get a flu shot!
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as counters, door knobs, desks, keyboards, tablets and phones.
Note: The best way to properly wash one’s hands is by using warm water and soap while simultaneously washing for 20-30 seconds or by singing “Happy Birthday” two times in a row.
To prepare for quarantine, keep an adequate supply of water, food, and pet food at home. If you take prescription drugs, contact health care providers about keeping an emergency supply at home. Keep a working thermometer, decongestants, expectorants, and pain/inflammation medications on hand.
Plan ways to care for people at higher risk. Choose a room in your home that could be used as a quarantine space. Know preparedness plans of schools and plan for childcare should schools temporarily close. Ask about your employers’ preparedness plans, including sick-leave policies and telework options.
Note: Employers should encourage and allow sick employees to stay home and to prevent the further spread of infection, employers should provide soap, water, and hand sanitizers. Practice healthy behaviors in the workplace!
Follow South Health District on social media, monitor the CDC website for updates on the outbreak, and visit the COVID-19 webpage.
It is important to limit travel when it comes to mass population areas like airports. Going to those areas will increase your risk of contracting the virus. When considering to travel, consider following questions:
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
- Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
- Are you or your travel companion(s) at higher risk of severe illness if you do get COVID-19?
- Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19?
- Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you live?
Be sure to take as many precautions to ensure that everyone stays as healthy as possible.
Extra info on travel came from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html