How to Protect Yourself

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Clean your hands often:

  • 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.
  • Wash your hands before, during, and after meal prep and before and after eating.
  • If soap and water are not readily available use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your face before going to bed at night.

Avoid close contact:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance (6 feet) between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Limit gatherings to 50 people or less (this includes church, weddings, etc).
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

Clean and disinfect:

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Wear a facemask if you are sick:

If you are sick you should wear a face mask when you are around people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. 

If you are not sick, you DO NOT need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick. Wearing a face mask while healthy can actually increase your risk of catching an illness.

Care Team will continue to monitor the CDC website for information and resources.

Resource:

Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Home Health Agencies (HHAs):
https://www.cms.gov/medicareprovider-enrollment-and-certificationsurveycertificationgeninfopolicy-and/guidance-infection-control-and-prevention-concerning-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-home-health