COVID-19 Protocols 2

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Important Ways to Slow the Spread

● Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
● Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
● Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
● Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
● Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

 

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 Wear a mask 
 

● Everyone 2 years and older should wear masks in public.
● Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you.
● If someone in your household is infected, people in the household should take precautions including wearing masks to avoid spread to others.
● Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
● Wear your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
● Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head.
● If you have to continually adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand.
● Make sure you can breathe easily.
 
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 Stay 6 feet away from others
 
● Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
● Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
● Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
● Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people.
● Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
 
 
Get Vaccinated
 
● Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
● You should get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
● Once you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
 
 Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
● Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
● Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible.
● If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
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 Wash your hands often
 
● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
● It’s especially important to wash:
   ● Before eating or preparing food
   ● Before touching your face
   ● After using the restroom
   ● After leaving a public place
   ● After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
   ● After handling your mask
   ● After changing a diaper
   ● After caring for someone sick
   ● After touching animals or pets
● If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
 
 Cover coughs and sneezes
● Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
● Throw used tissues in the trash.
● Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
 
 
Clean and disinfect
 
● Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
● If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
● Then, use a household disinfectant. Use products from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19)external icon according to manufacturer’s labeled directions.
 
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 Monitor your health daily
● Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
● Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
● Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
● Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
● Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
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