Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

If you are sick with COVID-19, or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community:

  • Stay home except to get medical care

  • Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated.

  • Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.

  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.

  • Avoid public transportation or ride-sharing.

  • Separate yourself from other people

  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home.

  • If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.

  • Monitor your symptoms

    o Symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell.

  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

  • When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention:

    o Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

     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 possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor:
    o Call ahead. Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.

    o If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

  • If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth

    o You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people or animals, including pets (even at home).

o You don’t need to wear the cloth face covering if you are alone. If you can’t put on a cloth face covering (because of trouble breathing, for example), cover your coughs and sneezes in some other way. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people around you.

o Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 years, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is not able to remove the covering without help.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
    o Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    o Throw away used tissues in a lined trash can.
    o Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Clean your hands often

    o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

o Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

o Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.

o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid sharing personal household items

    o Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.

    o Wash these items thoroughly after using them with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.

  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
    o (High touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.)

o Use household cleaners and disinfectants. Clean the area or item with soap and water

or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
o Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your sickroom and bathroom; wear

disposable gloves. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but

you should clean your bedroom and bathroom, if possible.
o If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or

bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and disposable gloves prior to cleaning. They should wait as long as possible after the person who is sick has used the bathroom before coming in to clean and use the bathroom.

o Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.

20 thoughts on “Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

  1. Mark:
    Thank you.
    Cat 4 hurricane headed to New Orleans.
    Hospitals filled to near capacity. No one to send transfers to.
    Loss of power=hope the emergency power will hold until power is restored.
    Nurses, hospital staff stranded for the duration. Other hospital personnel unable to get to work.
    A recipe for a Katrina level loss of life.
    May the Lord have mercy.

  2. Thank you very much for distributing this information. Let’s hope everyone will follow these instructions for the sake of themselves and the community.
    Freedom does not mean allowance to contaminate others.
    And a little inconvenience won’t kill anyone, whereas COVID will.

      • Once more, the irrational blare of “freedom” bulldozes itself against public safety and common sense.
        Oh, let’s not ignore the “If you don’t like it, go live in a communist country” false dichotomy. Maybe trump and his supporters should move to Russia because they don’t like Biden.
        And tell the cop busting you for speeding 90 mph in front of a school how dare he impinge on your “freedom” to drive as recklessly as you wish if you feel like it.
        And if you kill or injure someone’s child in the process, don’t challenge their “freedom” to make you accountable.
        Maybe it’s time to grow up.

    • Posted without comment from national media sources:

      “A conservative radio host from Florida who criticised coronavirus vaccination efforts – and called himself “Mr Anti-Vax” – before contracting Covid-19 himself has died, his station said on Saturday.
      WNDB and Southern Stone Communications announce the passing of Marc Bernier, who informed and entertained listeners on WNDB for over 30 years.
      In December, Bernier told one guest: “I’m not taking it … Are you kidding me? Mr Anti-Vax? Jeepers.”


      “A man who led efforts in his central Texas community against mask-wearing and other preventative measures during the coronavirus pandemic has died from Covid-19, a month after being admitted to the emergency room.
      Caleb Wallace died on Saturday, his wife Jessica Wallace said on a GoFundMe page where she posted updates on his condition, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported.
      On 4 July 2020, Caleb Wallace helped organize The Freedom Rally in San Angelo. People at the event carried signs that criticized the wearing of masks, business closures, the science behind Covid-19 and liberal media.
      Jessica Wallace told the newspaper her husband began experiencing Covid symptoms on 26 July but refused to get tested or go to the hospital. He instead took high doses of Vitamin C, zinc aspirin and ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medicine used for livestock that officials have urged people not to take for Covid-19.
      He was 30 years old and a father of three. His wife is pregnant with their fourth child.”

      According to Johns Hopkins University, nearly 637,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the US.

    • And only a week earlier:

      “A conservative radio host from Tennessee who was critical of vaccination efforts and mask mandates died on Saturday, after weeks in a Nashville hospital battling Covid-19. Phil Valentine’s death was reported by his station, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, on Saturday afternoon.
      Before contracting Covid-19, Valentine’s comments on the pandemic included performing a song called Vaxman, to the tune of Taxman, George Harrison’s Beatles number against government taxation.”
      News of Valentine’s hospitalisation in July prompted worldwide news interest. His family said then: “Phil would like for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxxer’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘pro-vaccine’.”
      That statement asked listeners to pray for Valentine and concluded: “PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!”

        • Actually, based on many earlier comments, figured some folks can’t read by themselves. Clearly accurate news from multiple independent sources is too challenging for some.
          Don’t be so afraid of a reality not filtered by right-wing delusions.

        • “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
          By any other name would smell as sweet;”
          Romeo and Juliet ; Act II, Scene II

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