At Wellspire Medical Group, we believe that nothing is more important than your safety and health. We all have been overloaded with information coming at us about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. This is a highly contagious virus that has been spreading across the globe and has made its way into Texas. This virus is highly contagious, which has led to social distancing and shelter-in-place orders from our leaders, in order to avoid further spread of this illness.
Listed below are some of the family do and don’ts- living during COVID-19
-Do stay informed with the information the CDC is releasing as it is evolving rapidly and may be important in order to protect you and your family.
-Do practice good hand hygiene and wash your hands frequently, especially before you eat, after you use the restroom, blow your nose or cough or before you touch your face. Good hand hygiene includes washing your hands for more than 20 seconds, including in between your fingers and under your nails and using plenty of soap and warm water. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol.
-Do work from home if possible. Do leave your home for essential reasons, such as buying food or medications. If you have to go out, protect yourself and your family members from close contact (stay more than 6-8 feet away). Don’t share water or utensils with family members.
-Do cancel elective dental, medical, recreational and non-essential appointments as these can interfere with social distancing.
-Do wipe down all surfaces you come into contact with. Any regular bleach-containing household products is likely to be effective. You can also make a cleaning solution with 5 tablespoons bleach mixed with one gallon of water.
-Do begin buying a 60-90 day supply of supplies and drugs. The purpose of doing this is not because we are going to “run out” of things, but because we want to avoid going to a crowded public place.
-Do call ahead to the doctor/emergency room before you head there if you think you may have symptoms concerning for COVID-19. You should also wear a facemask to protect others.
-Do wear a face mask and gloves if you are caring for a family someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
-Don’t panic at the word ‘pandemic’ but Don’t take this lightly either, especially if you are healthy! Emotional contagion is the spread of fear or panic and is more contagious than the virus itself. Yes, this is serious stuff.
-Don’t travel for non-essential reasons within the United States or abroad. This is especially true if you are elderly (>65 years), have chronic medical problems like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, COPD or are immunocompromised.
-Don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth or face without washing your hands.
-Don’t plan “play dates” for your kids if they are not in school. The reason schools are closed is because of “social distancing” and getting a number of kids and parents together defeats that purpose by increasing contact.
-Don’t share utensils or drinking glasses with others, including family members.
-Don’t shake hands or give hugs as greetings. Use an alternative greeting that maintains 6-8 feet of distance.
-Don’t visit your older relatives or community members, as they are the highest risk group.