Take Extra Precautions To Limit Exposure To the Flu & COVID-19

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people. The CDC released new language specific to individuals who are at higher risk of complications associated with cold, flu or viruses:

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
  • Make a plan for what to do if you get sick
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

Source: Centers for Disease Control