by Comprehensive Staff

03/17/2020 11:38 pm

Prevention and Control of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hand Washing

Practicing good hand washing is the best way to help stop the spread of respiratory illnesses. 

o    Wash your hands well by using liquid soap and warm water. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to wash between your fingers, the backs of your hands, and thumbs. If you are wearing a ring or jewelry, make sure to wash underneath them. Dry your hands with a clean paper towel or a clean and dry towel. 

o    Wash your hands before eating and preparing food, after you use the bathroom, after you cough or sneeze, after you return home from any activity (the store, doctor’s office, a friend’s house), and after you smoke or take out the garbage. 

Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes

The Coronavirus is spread through droplet particles (coughs and sneezes) and when we cover our coughs and sneezes, we can help decrease the illness from spreading to others. 

o    Cover your coughs and sneezes by using a tissue, or coughing or sneezing into your elbow. 

o    People are most contagious either before they have symptoms or at the beginning of their illness. Someone can be sick with the Coronavirus and not know it. This is why we need to be very careful and practice good cough-sneeze etiquette. 

o    Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces

o    Clean and disinfect your home daily to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and cell phones)

o    Using either Disinfectant wipes (Clorox or Lysol) or using a disinfectant spray (bleach spray or any spray that states it cleans and disinfects). 

o    Clorox/Lysol disinfectant wipes:  wipe down area and let it stay wet for at least 4 minutes 

o    Bleach solution: The CDC recommends using a 1:10 solution of bleach to water ratio. For an average sized spray bottle, mix ¼ cup of Bleach to 2 and ¼ cps of water. The Bleach-water mixture needs to be changed out daily. (DO NOT drink Bleach solution or put it directly on your skin) 

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

 Symptoms to watch for include:

o    Fever of 100.4°F or higher

o    Cough

o    Shortness of breath

o    Sore throat  

o    Call your doctor if you start experiencing symptoms. (Do not go to the clinic or doctor’s office before calling).

o    If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 for assistance with referrals for medical care. 

o    DO NOT go to the Emergency Room unless you have significant shortness of breath and/or directed to go by your doctor. 

 Let’s all work together to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and keep everyone safe and healthy!