How to survive the Covid Pandemic
28 August 2021

How to survive the Covid Pandemic

As some communities begin to reopen during the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, public health officials say the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Below are some steps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help protect yourself and others. Stay informed about what’s happening in your community, and always follow the directions of state and local authorities.


1. Wash your hands often

Wash your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.


2. Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
Stay home as much as possible and avoid non-essential travel.
Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet — about two arm lengths — away from others if you must go out in public.
Stay connected with loved ones through video and phone calls, texts and social media.




3. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and when you must go out in public, such as to a grocery store. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
However, do NOT place cloth face coverings on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
In addition, do NOT use a facemask meant for a health care worker.
Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
See CDC guidelines, including how to create your own cloth face cover.


4. Clean and Disinfect Regularly

Clean and Disinfect Regularly

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and when you must go out in public, such as to a grocery store. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
However, do NOT place cloth face coverings on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
In addition, do NOT use a facemask meant for a health care worker.
Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
See CDC guidelines, including how to create your own cloth face cover.Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth, and throw used tissues in a lined trash can. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow — not your hands. Wash your hands immediately.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. Follow CDC guidance.




5. Emergency Warning Signs

Emergency Warning Signs

If your symptoms become severe, call to get medical attention immediately. Warning signs include:

👉🏻Trouble breathing
👉🏻Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
👉🏻New confusion
👉🏻Inability to wake or stay awake
👉🏻Bluish lips or face

This list is not all inclusive. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency and note if you have, or think you might have, COVID-19.

Review CDC guidance for more information if you are sick, including what to do if you live in close quarters, shared housing or have pets.


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