Staying Safe During the Covid-19 Pandemic – Government advice
The current climate is a scary and uncertain one, and first and foremost, we hope you and your family are safe, healthy, and doing okay. We’re here for you always. There are so many ways you can protect yourself and your family during this important time. By practicing excellent hygiene and social awareness, you can not only protect your family from infection but other vulnerable populations as well.
The first step is educating yourself. Here are some keys facts regarding COVID-19:
- There is currently no vaccine for this virus
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure
- This virus is thought to be spread person to person; ie: people in close quarters or respiratory exhales such as coughing or sneezing
There are multiple steps that you can take to protect yourself and others from this virus. Most importantly, wash your hands. We know, it’s everywhere – but it truly is one of the most important preventative measures. Avoid touching your face and make sure that you are using sanitizers that are at least 60% alcohol for maximum effectiveness. If you are sick: stay home. Do not put others at risk for errands or to work from the office.
If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or a flu-like virus, call your doctor immediately. Most medical offices are currently requesting that you call aheadshould you be actively exhibiting symptoms of this virus. While it will be difficult, attempt to stay away from family members: even the ones who live in the same home as you. Supplies are limited right now, but if you are able to access a face mask – that is a great preventative solution especially for when you cohabitate.
Some simple rules that are often forgotten:
- Cover your mouth when you cough
- Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds with hot soap and water
- Sanitize “high touch” surfaces often. These include, but are not limited to: countertops, door handles, phones