November 30, 2020: Staying Healthy While at Home
If you will be spending time at home during the break, there are important reasons for everyone to maintain vigilance at all times.
While staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, the following safety measures are intended to prevent the spread of the virus amongst family members:
- The role of children in transmission is not yet fully understood. To date, few outbreaks involving children or schools have been reported. However, the small number of outbreaks reported among teaching or associated staff to date suggests that spread of COVID-19 within educational settings may be limited.
- As children generally have milder illness and fewer symptoms, cases may sometimes go unnoticed therefore parents, caregivers, or guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening.
- Inside your home, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Outside your home, if running errands for example, put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Monitor your health daily and be alert for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- 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.
- It is likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.
- While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are many important benefits:
- Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
- Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
- Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, and public health and other community resources.
Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 as the number of cases, both nationwide and locally are increasing.
We cannot become complacent nor can we give in to pandemic fatigue. We must maintain our vigilance and be diligent in making sure people follow ALL the protocols.
Let’s keep health and safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind!
(Adapted from: CDC)