How Do I Stay Safe Out There?

How Can I Keep Myself & My Family Safe?

To best protect yourself, your family and others, observe social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask when you leave your home. In outdoor environments, your chance of getting the virus is low, provided you practice social distancing. 

When returning home, you do not need to immediately launder clothes, shower or wash your hair, unless you’ve been in close contact with a sick person, or if someone coughed or sneezed near you.

It is not recommended that you waste cleaning products cleaning the bottoms of your shoes. Instead, consider leaving them outside the front door.

Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others (ideally  12 feet of distance  from others when indoors) and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. COVID-19 has a fatty membrane that is vulnerable to soap. Avoid touching your face, especially your nose, eyes, and mouth until after you’ve washed your hands.

If you experience any symptoms such as a new cough, fever or breathing difficulties, do not go to work or leave your home. Call your doctor to discuss your symptoms.

Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then put it into the garbage immediately, and wear a mask when in proximity to others.

If you have the space, designate a specific bedroom and bathroom for you or anyone in your home who feels sick to minimize the exposure to others in the home.

In advance of the flu season, speak with your healthcare provider about getting a seasonal flu shot. It is possible to contract both the seasonal flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which increases the likelihood of disease severity and complications. 

Sources: WHO ; CDC ; USA Today ; NYT ; NBC

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