Stay Home - Flatten The Curve
As we all face this pandemic together, it's important to remember that we can only beat this situation by working together as a team. No one individual - or even group of individuals - can tackle this problem alone; it will take the concentrated efforts of each and every one of us to see this through.
This crucial step may seem difficult at times, especially as we head into warmer weather, but it is easily among the most important. By minimizing the amount of time we're in public - and by practicing social distancing when we are out and about - we can collectively reduce the number opportunities the virus would have to spread.
Keep a Safe Distance
Limiting face-to-face contact with others is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Physical distancing - or Social Distancing, as it is commonly referred as - means keeping space between yourself and others you encounter outside of your home. To practice Social Distancing, you should
- Stay at least 6' away from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Avoid mass gatherings and other larger groups
By maintaining appropriate physical distance during our day-to-day actions, we can help slow the spread of the virus in our communities
Wash Hands Frequently
Washing your hands often is another crucial tool to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It's not only important to wash your hands after being out in a public space; if you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze, washing them immediately after is advisable. The rule of thumb is to wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't handy, hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol will work in a pinch.
And remember: Avoid touching your face - specifically, your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover Your Cough
Sneezing and coughing are two ways in which the coronavirus can easily spread from person to person. If you are out in public, it's advisable to wear a cloth mask or covering over your face. Although you may not feel sick, you could still be a potential carrier of the virus, and the cloth mask will help block the droplets from a cough or sneeze. If you're in a private setting, use a tissue or the crook of your elbow, and discard the tissue immediately. Don't forget to wash your hands!
Sick or Feeling Symptoms
If you're actively sick or are feeling symptoms, stay home!