Tips to Help Keep You and Your Family Safe

Wash Your Hands

Wash frequently with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds, being sure to get front and back sides, between fingers and underneath nails.

Use Hand Sanitizer

If soap and water aren’t available, make frequent use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Clean High-Contact Areas

Regularly disinfect door knobs and handles, light switches, cupboards, counters, tabletops, remote controls and game controllers, keyboards and any other frequently touched items.

Sanitize Your Phone

Research suggests viruses can live on a phone’s screen for more than a day. Clean your phone screen regularly.

Maintain Social Distancing

Avoid events with large crowds and stay at least 3-6 feet away from others whenever possible. This is especially important for those over 60 or with underlying health conditions.

Don’t Hoard Household Supplies

Experts recommend stocking up on about two weeks’ worth of goods. However, stockpiling items can mean your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers can’t get the items they need. Staying safe during illness outbreaks requires a community focus.

Don’t Overwhelm Healthcare Providers

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 (coronavirus), stay home and call your provider. Do not visit a doctor’s office or hospital unless instructed to do so. Providers can be overrun by people who are worried, but not sick; and, if you are sick, you will be spreading your illness if you enter a healthcare facility without proper instruction and protection.

Stay Home If You’re Sick

Make every effort to stay home if you’re coughing, sneezing, vomiting, suffering from body aches or sore throat or have a fever. Even if it’s not COVID-19, you risk spreading other types of illness throughout the community. Stay home until fever free without medication for at least 48 hours. 

Practice Good Illness Hygiene

Cough into your sleeve or elbow. Sneeze into tissue and throw it away.

Remember We’re All in This Together

Be good neighbors and citizens. Check in on your friends who are healthcare providers. Leave items on the shelves at the local stores if you don’t absolutely need them. Keep people who are more at risk in mind when thinking, “I’m healthy and it’s just the flu.” That may be true for you personally but that is not the case for everyone.