Everyone can do their bit to slow down the spread of Covid-19
Covid-19 is rapidly spreading and has already been declared as a public health emergency of international concern by WHO. It is our responsibility as well as in our best interest to try and stop the virus from spreading.
Here are a few things you can do to Stop the Spread!
Avoid leaving the house for non-essential work
The stroll in the park or the visit to a friend’s house can wait. Go out only for essentials and medical purposes.
Wear a mask
A face mask that covers your mouth, nose and chin is ideal. Wear it when you go out of the house or indoors too if you have sick people at home.
Do not touch your face
Avoid the urge to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Wearing a mask can help you remember not to touch your face repeatedly.
Wash your hands often and use an alcohol-based sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Stay at home if you are sick
If you are sick, please do not go out. Isolate yourself inside the house and maintain distance from other members in the house. Go out only if you need medical care.
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Try to stay away from people who are sick. Keep at least 6 feet distance, wear a mask, and do not share utensils, clothes or other items.
Avoid social gatherings
This is the time to avoid birthday parties, weddings and other social gatherings. Lots of people gathering in one place can increase the risk of spreading and catching Coronavirus.
Practice social distancing
When you go out in the public for essentials, practice social distancing. Keep about 6 feet distance from the next person. Avoid shaking hands when you meet someone. Avoid touching surfaces.
Cover your mouth while coughing and sneezing
Covid-19 spreads rapidly through droplets released from the mouth while coughing and sneezing or even talking. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in the trash.
Check if you can work from home
Working from home can prevent too many people from gathering together at workplaces and also reduce crowding on public transport. Do check with your employer if you have the option to work from home.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do we get essentials such as medicines and groceries?
Check for home delivery options wherever possible. Keep adequate supplies of prescription medicines at home. If you still need to go out for essentials, have just one member of the house go out to the stores when necessary. Maintain social distancing inside stores and wear a mask. Look for drive-through or pick-up options.
How to know what is allowed and what is not allowed?
What to do in case of a medical emergency?
Make sure you have the phone numbers of your doctor’s office, local urgent care, and the emergency room. Put up important numbers in a place where everyone can see them, such as on the fridge. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact the County information line (211) to find a provider near you.
How to know which information is reliable?
With Covid-19 spreading, a lot of fake or unreliable information floats around. This misinformation can cause undue panic and can be misleading. Beware of scams. Check out the list of common Covid-19 scams here
I recovered from Covid-19. Should I still be taking precautions to stop the spread?
Yes! Since the Coronavirus mutates and different strains of the virus come into existence, being infected once does not guarantee you immunity from further infections. You can get infected again and also be a carrier of the virus and spread it to others. Hence, taking all precautions is still necessary.
I do not have flu or Covid-19 symptoms. Should I still wear a mask?
Yes. There are several cases of Covid-19 infections where the infected person does not have any symptoms. However, such persons can still be active carriers of the Coronavirus and pass it to people around them. Also, even if you are not infected, you can get infected by coming in contact with others. Hence, wearing a mask around other people or while going out is extremely important!