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Preventative Measures to Slow the Spread of Covid-19

Posted by Staff on August 25, 2020

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Nothing is more essential than your health. Being prepared is the best way to protect yourself and others from being exposed and potentially spreading Covid-19. A few simple steps can make all the difference for yourself, your family, and your community.

Protect Yourself

  • Make a list of where you’re going to help with contact tracing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a face covering to protect yourself and those around you.
  • If you’re older or struggle with health issues continue to stay home and let others help you.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or corner of your sleeve – do not use your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, especially your mouth, nose and eyes.

Protect Your Community

  • Avoid gatherings with people who aren’t in your own household.
  • Stay home if you are sick, especially from work, school and public places.
  • Wear a face covering if you leave your home. Even if you feel fine, you could be spreading Covid-19, in addition to contracting it from others.
  • Do not attend gatherings of any size with people who are not part of your immediate household.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from people who are not part of your immediate household.

Protect Your Family

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Talk to your family about the preventative measures above.
  • Schedule your annual screenings, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, mammograms, prostate, cancer screenings, and more.
  • Get your annual vaccines – currently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Vaccine developers and other researchers and manufacturers are expediting the development of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, however, it’s still important to stay up-to-date on your annual immunizations.

Annual Screenings and Vaccines shouldn't wait. It's time to get back to caring for you!

Talk to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to ensure you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines.

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Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Butte County Public Health

Topics: Prevention, Covid-19

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