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Tips for staying safe

There are things you can do to help stay safe at home, school and work.

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Think you may have been exposed to COVID-19? Find out what to do next.

 

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All households

  • Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Households with vulnerable seniors or those with significant underlying conditions*

  • Wash hands frequently before feeding, caring or interacting with household members with an underlying condition
  • If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members
  • Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly

*Significant underlying conditions include heart, lung, kidney disease, diabetes and conditions that suppress the immune system

Households with sick family members

  • Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door closed
  • Have only one family member care for them
  • Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions

Source - Centers for Disease Control. What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. Accessed March 24, 2020.

Practice good hygiene

  • Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular handwashing reminders by email
  • Create habits and reminders to help students and staff avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Consider rearranging large activities and gatherings

  • Consider adjusting or postponing gatherings that mix between classes and grades
  • Adjust after-school arrangements to avoid mixing between classes and grades
  • When possible hold classes outdoors or in open, well-ventilated spaces

Handle food carefully

  • Encourage students and staff to limit food sharing
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Ask staff to stay home if:

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

Source - Centers for Disease Control. What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. Accessed March 24, 2020.

Practice good hygiene

  • Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular handwashing reminders by email
  • Create habits and reminders to help staff avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Be careful with meetings and travel

  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
  • If videoconferencing isn't possible hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
  • Assess the risks of business travel

Handle food carefully

  • Encourage staff to limit food sharing
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Ask staff to stay home if:

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

Source - Centers for Disease Control. What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. Accessed March 24, 2020.

Practice good hygiene

  • Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular handwashing reminders by email for staff
  • Promote tap and pay to limit handling of cash
  • Create habits and reminders for staff to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Avoiding crowding

  • Use booking and scheduling to stagger customer flow
  • Use online transactions where possible
  • Consider limiting attendance at larger gatherings

For transportation businesses, taxis, and ride shares

  • Keep windows open when possible
  • Increase ventilation
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces

Source - Centers for Disease Control. What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. Accessed March 24, 2020.

Get a flu shot

Get a flu shot

The seasonal flu causes thousands of deaths each year. Getting a flu shot now can help protect you and those around you, while keep high-demand hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients. And we’ve enhanced our vaccination processes and our cleaning protocols this year to help you feel safe.

It’s crucial to continue medical care – even during a pandemic

It’s crucial to continue medical care – even during a pandemic

By Garth Graham, MD, MPH, Vice President, Community Health & Impact, CVS Health; and Oliver T. Brooks, MD, President, National Medical Association.

 

“COVID-19 has kept people away from the doctor’s office, but at-risk patients must continue regular visits and seek treatment in the event of a medical emergency.” 

 

Read the full article: It’s crucial to continue medical care

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