On Monday, the President and the White House Coronavirus Task Force released guidelines for the next 15 days to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.
Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk—and your activities and choices can increase the risk of spreading the Coronavirus for others. It’s critical that you do your part to help slow the spread of the virus.
These new recommendations are simple to follow but can have a resounding impact on public health, and Americans are being asked to practice the following for the next couple of weeks.
1. IF YOU FEEL SICK, stay home.
Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider. Furthermore, the CDC recommends using telehealth to conduct doctor’s visits virtually, which will minimize your risk of exposure to others.
Furthermore, if your children are sick, keep them at home and do not send them to school.
2. IF SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS TESTED POSITIVE, keep everyone home.
If someone living with you has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
3. IF YOU ARE AN OLDER PERSON, stay home.
Older people are particularly at risk from COVID-19. Staying away from other people can help minimize your risk of exposure to the virus.
4. IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A SERIOUS UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITION, stay home.
For example, if you have a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system, this can put you at increased risk. Practice social distancing and stay home and away from other people.
5. WORK FROM HOME, when you can.
Whenever possible, work or engage in schooling from home. If you work in a critical infrastructure industry or sector—such as healthcare services, food supply, or pharmaceuticals—you have a responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. Protect yourself and fellow coworkers by following CDC guidelines to protect your health at work.
6. AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS.
Many local agencies have already taken actions to limit the gatherings of large groups per CDC recommendations. In your personal life, you should also avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and practice social distancing to the best of your ability.
7. AVOID BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND FOOD COURTS.
Avoid eating or drinking in public places. Instead use drive-thu, pick-up, and delivery options, which can help protect you and service workers. In places with evidence of community transmission, gyms, indoor and outdoor venues, and other venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.
8. AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL.
Limit shopping trips, social visits, and discretionary trips and travel. Furthermore, as of today, the CDC recommends all people defer any travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide because of the increased risk of COVID-19 spread onboard ships.
9. DO NOT VISIT SENIOR CENTERS.
You should not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless it is to provide critical assistance. In those instances, be sure to call the facility and alert them of your arrival.
10. PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE.
Minimize your risk of exposure by practicing good hygiene:
- Washing your hands frequently and for 20 seconds. Especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue and dispose of immediately. If you do not have a tissue, use the inside of your elbow. Wash your hands afterward.
- Sanitize and disinfect surfaces and frequently used items (like your phone) as much as possible.
By playing your part you can protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading COVID-19.