There is a lot of news around the coronavirus (COVID-19). You can prepare for coronavirus by practicing basic illness preventative actions now and creating an emergency plan of action if coronavirus should come to your community. To find out about our commitment to your safety during this crisis, please our message to you regarding COVID-19.
Practice and teach everyday preventative actions.
We can stay healthy if everyone would follow a few simple preventative tips:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue and then throw it in the trash.
- Avoid being around people who are sick.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, handles, tabletops and etc.).
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Eat healthy foods.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Manage your stress levels.
If someone in your home is sick:
- Keep that person confined to one room to separate healthy family members.
- Disinfect the home to prevent spread.
Prepare for illness before you or your family get sick.
- Discuss sick leave options and remote working options with your employer in case you become ill or need to stay home to take care of a sick family member. If your employer has an emergency planning team, consider joining.
- Learn about the emergency plan at your child’s school or child care. What is the school district’s plan to continue education if the school is shut down for illness?
- What is your back up plan if your child care or school is not available due to illness? Often this will impact your ability to work as well. Have a backup plan for care just in case.
- Store a two week supply of food and water. If you are ill and cannot get out this will make self-care much easier.
- Have extra medical and health supplies on hand: soap, hand sanitizer, fever medications, thermometers, and tissues to last up to two weeks.
(Surgical masks are not effective in preventing the infection and are not recommended by the CDC)
- If you take other medications regularly, speak with your healthcare provider about having an emergency supply at home.
- Make a list of emergency contacts and share them with your family.
Beyond the basics
- Get to know your neighbors. Consider joining a neighborhood website or social media page to stay connected.
- Talk with your loved ones about how they want to be cared for if they get sick and what will be needed to care for them at home.
- Identify organizations in the community that can offer assistance.
You can prepare for COVID-19 spreading into your community by following the above steps to create your emergency plan of action. For more information, visit the CDC website.