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Posted on March 3, 2020 at 3:11 PM by Kari Bray
1) We need people to increase illness prevention efforts. All of those steps we continue to emphasize are becoming more important.
Wash hands even more frequently. Make sure you are doing so with warm water and soap, scrubbing all over your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Stay home and away from others if you are ill. If you or your child has symptoms like cough, fever and/or difficulty breathing, the ill person should stay away from work, school or other activities.
Avoid close contact with people who you know are ill or who are actively coughing or sneezing.
Clean and disinfect the surfaces you touch most in your home or workplace. Follow instructions on the product label of the disinfectant you are using. The same disinfectants used in routine cleaning procedures are generally effective against human coronaviruses. Check the label to make sure the product is registered with the EPA and effective against human coronaviruses.
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
2) Be prepared, make plans, and stay informed as this situation changes.
Make an emergency plan of action with your household members, relatives, and friends.
Know your workplace’s sick leave policies and whether you can work remotely. We are encouraging employers who can allow telecommuting to do so or make plans to do so.
Decide who will pick up and watch children if schools or child cares are closed, or if children get sick. Make sure schools and child cares have updated contact information and emergency contacts for your children.
Have emergency supplies like nonperishable food, water, personal hygiene supplies, and medicine or other medical supplies in an accessible emergency kit – enough to last your household for at least 14 days. Include a list of emergency contacts as well as a list of medical conditions and medications for household members.
If the disease spreads in your community, public events, school, or other gatherings may be canceled. Please respect these decisions. This is known as social distancing, which helps reduce the spread of illness.
Set up a separate room in the household for someone who is sick and clean the room regularly. Clean, disposable facemasks may be useful for the individual who is sick, not for the well members of the household.
Know your neighbors or friends in the area and be ready to support each other during an emergency. Check in on those who live alone or have underlying health conditions and may need extra support. If you live alone, talk to your friends and family members about who would be available to check in on you if you become sick.
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