At this time, social distancing is key. The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregrate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.” This means – no hugs, no handshakes!
It’s particularly important—and perhaps obvious—to maintain that same 6-foot distance from anyone who is demonstrating signs of illness, including coughing, sneezing, or fever.
Along with physical distance, proper hand-washing is important for protecting not only yourself but others around you—because the virus can be spread even without symptoms. You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Don’t wait for evidence that there’s circulation of COVID-19 in your community. Go ahead and step-up the amount of times you’re washing your hands right now because it really does help to reduce transmission.
Wash your hands any time you enter from outdoors to indoors, before you eat, and before you spend time with people who are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, including older adults and those with serious chronic medial conditions.
Here’s what Greg Casar’s resource list has to say about all this:
- Social distancing is for everyone, not just those with risk factors (examples of high risk individuals include those who have had contact with an individual who has tested positive, have a compromised immune system, or are age 60+)
- Stay home if you’re sick, but also, work from home as much as is possible for your situation.
- Minimal physical contact—we should all avoid places and situations where you cannot stay 6 feet away, or at least arm’s length, from other people.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Wipe down frequently touched surfaces (like your phone).
- Even if you do not feel symptoms, or are a younger person who is less at risk, we should all assume we are carriers of the virus and act accordingly to protect our neighbors. We’re all in this together!
- Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” – Washington Post, March 14, 2020
In short – wash your hands, and be a good neighbor by social distancing! We know it’s hard. There’s a lot of free videos and webinars out there on how to stay entertained during this pandemic. Have any good tips? Send us a message here.