Unprecedented times require unprecedented actions! With each passing day, the landscape regarding COVID-19 is changing. So following the recommendations of the Clark County Health Department’s guidance around social distancing all Home365 office personnel will be working from home as of the next week.
We know this is a stressful time and you want to know what you can do right now to protect yourselves and your families. We are listing here what Red Cross is highlighting as everyday health and preparedness steps that people in the U.S. can take now.
LIMIT THE SPREAD OF GERMS AND PREVENT INFECTION
The Red Cross recommends the following common-sense steps to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets and countertops.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them
- use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
GET YOUR HOUSEHOLD READY
There are things you can do right now to be ready for any emergency, and many of these same tips will help you prepare as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve.
– Have a supply of food staples and household supplies like laundry detergent and bathroom items, and diapers if you have small children. -Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications and have other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough, and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins. -Know how your local public health agency will share information in your community and stay informed. Find more information here.
WHO IS AT A HIGHER RISK?
COVID-19 is a new disease, which means scientists and public health experts are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes and to what extent it may spread in the U.S. Early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this virus. This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or a serious medical condition, it is extra important for you to take action to avoid getting sick. Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others. When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often. Full information for those at a higher risk is available here.
For the latest information, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19.