Stay Healthy & Stop the Spread
Jeanne Freeman - Healthy Practices
Meanwhile, you can take personal responsibility for your health, protect your family, and help your community by using Safe and Healthy practices to guard against the coronavirus.
Follow these practices consistently:
- Keep at least six feet from other people whenever possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings, and close quarters.
- Wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, or your mask or face covering. If you do touch any of these, wash or sanitize your hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or by coughing into your sleeve. Discard tissues in the trash immediately.
- Clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include surfaces such as counters, doorknobs or handles, cabinet surfaces, computer keyboards, cell phones, and keys. The federal Environmental Protection Agency offers an online tool that helps guide you in choosing an appropriate disinfectant using the product’s EPA registration number or active ingredients listed on its label.
New guidance issued in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may:
- fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
- fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
- fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.