Tips for Staying Safe and Healthy

Protect yourself and others…

Medical researchers are learning more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) every day. Clinical trials are racing forward; there is some hopeful news about progress on treatments and vaccines, but clinical trials are complex — the latest news predicts a vaccine could be available in 2021. 

In the meantime, we all could help reduce the transmission of the virus by following three guidelines: 

 

Wear a mask 

Health experts say the evidence is clear that masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and that the more people wearing masks, the better.

In fact, the latest forecast from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation suggests that 33,000 deaths could be avoided by October 1 if 95 percent of people wore masks in public. 

The CDC recommends that you wear a cloth face mask when you’re around people who don’t live with you and in public settings when social distancing is difficult.

Here are a few pointers for putting on and taking off a cloth mask from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after putting on and taking off your mask
  • Place your mask over your mouth and nose
  • Tie it behind your head or use ear loops and make sure it’s snug
  • Don’t touch your mask while wearing it
  • If you accidentally touch the front of your mask, wash or sanitize your hands.
  • If your mask becomes wet or dirty, switch to a clean one. Put the used mask in a sealable bag until you can wash it
  • Remove the mask by untying it or lifting off the ear loops without touching the front of the mask or your face
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask
  • Regularly wash your mask with soap and water by hand or in the washing machine; it’s fine to wash masks with other clothes

 

Keep your distance 

Data has shown that the virus spreads from person to person among those in close contact (within about 6 feet, or 2 meters). It uses the respiratory droplets released when someone infected with the virus coughs, sneezes, or just talks.  

 

Wash your hands – often!

Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

If you feel sick, stay home. Don’t visit public areas unless you’re going to get medical care. Avoid taking public transportation if you’re sick.

 

It’s logical. Please Keep safe! 

it's okay to wear a mask

 

Thanks to The Mayo Clinic and The University of California at San Francisco for this information.   

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/expert-answers/novel-coronavirus/faq-20478727

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449

https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/06/417906/still-confused-about-masks-heres-science-behind-how-face-masks-prevent