Stay Strong During COVID-19
- Fall 2020
Health officials estimate a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready approximately 12 to 18 months from the start of the pandemic. That equates to late spring of 2021. Until a vaccine is developed, we all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
PRACTICE GOOD RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE & HYGIENE.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze in your upper sleeve. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice). If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN OUT IN THE COMMUNITY.
Try to stay 6 feet away from others. Do not hug, kiss, shake hands or make other unnecessary contact.
FREQUENTLY CLEAN & DISINFECT HIGH-TOUCH SURFACE AREAS.
That includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, etc. Household cleaners or soap and water easily cleans COVID-19. Make sure you read and follow household cleaner instructions to ensure germs are killed.
WEAR A FACE MASK IN PUBLIC.
Cloth masks do not protect the wearer, but instead prevents an unintentional spread of the virus from the wearer to others. Some individuals with COVID-19 do not show symptoms. Those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before symptoms appear. As such, wearing cloth face masks can help slow community spread of COVID-19.
MONITOR YOUR HEALTH.
Be alert for COVID-19 symptoms and take your temperature if symptoms develop.
STAY AT HOME IF YOU’RE SICK.
Self-isolate to prevent the spread of illness.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay informed on the pandemic at brookingshealth.org/COVID.