Tips to protect your family from COVID-19

This is a stressful time for all of us.  At our house, my family and I are coping with the present situation by staying informed and following the directives of those in the CDC, and other government agencies that are fighting to keep us safe.

First of all, remember how the CDC has identified COVID-19 spreads. There are many news stories of unique circumstances for the spread of the virus, however, the scientific community agrees that COVID-19 is spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another.
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs sneezes or talks.
      • Those droplets can land in the mouth or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. 
  • There are also studies that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.  

Encourage your family to stay healthy by following everyday preventive steps.

Everyday preventive steps:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth mask whenever you are into contact with people that are sick or anyone outside of your home.  

            DO NOT COVER THE FACE OF ANY CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 2. 

Symptoms:

Watch for one of these 3 main symptoms, You should stay home and speak to your healthcare provider if you  experience any of them.  

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath  

If these symptoms develop into the following emergency warning signs for COVD-19 get medical attention immediately.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New Confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face.  

This list is NOT all-inclusive. Consult with your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.  

If someone in your home is sick:

  • Continue to practice everyday preventive actions.
  •  Keep the ill person in a separate room from others.
  • If caring for a sick household member, follow these recommended precautions. 
  • Avoid sharing personal items.

It looks like within the next month or so things will start to open back up. We look forward to seeing you. Remember though, this is not the time to let your guard down. Unfortunately, until a Vaccine is created this virus will be around.  Continue to protect yourself and your family…we will all get through this together!

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