Actions You Can Take
Health officials advise us to reduce the risk of getting sick by taking preventative measures that are used to reduce impacts of seasonal colds or flu viruses, including:
- Washing hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol
- Avoid shaking hands or touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze properly
- Stay home as much as possible and avoid public or crowded areas
- Stay home if you don’t feel well, only leaving to receive necessary medical care. Read the CDC’s guidelines on what to do if you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick
- Get your flu shot to protect against flu or symptoms similar to COVID-19
- If you have recently returned from regions with ongoing COVID-19 impacts, monitor your health and immediately call your physician if you experience flu-like symptoms
For more guidance and to read County Health Officer Dr. Morrow’s updated statement in its entirety, go to www.smchealth.org/coronavirus. Or visit the CDC’s website for tips on steps to prevent illness.
You can also prepare for the possible disruption caused by an outbreak:
- Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family
- Make a child care plan for if you or a caregiver are sick
- Make arrangements for how your family will manage a school closure, if necessary
- Make a plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself
Social Distancing: Keep Your Distance to Help Prevent COVID-19
Social distancing basically means reducing contact with people, especially in large crowds. It is a major public health step to help slow the spread of a highly contagious disease, such as the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Distanciamiento Social: Mantenga su distancia para prevenir COVID-19
El distanciamiento social básicamente significa reducir el contacto con las personas, especialmente en grandes multitudes. Es un paso importante de salud pública para ayudar a retrasar la propagación de una enfermedad altamente contagiosa, como el coronavirus (COVID-19).