Because COVID-19 is new, scientists are still doing research to determine its cause, vaccination, and a cure. Because there is so much that is still unknown about the virus, no one is quite sure how long a potential outbreak may last. Follow these steps to create a plan in case you experience an outbreak in your community that may require fewer trips for supplies and working from home.
Practice good hygiene for yourself and your home
There are many preventative actions you can take now to avoid illness and keep your home and workspace clean and disinfected, especially from upper respiratory diseases and infections, including:
- Washing your hands frequently throughout the day, using soap and warm water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. In order to get the timing right, you can sing the chorus to a number of pop songs or even a verse of Happy Birthday, which is especially helpful when teaching young children how to properly wash their hands. You should wash your hands after using the restroom, before and after handling food or eating, changing a diaper or after coughing or sneezing. If soap or water are not available, you can use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, but it is important to note that only soap and water can remove buildup from your hands.
- Cleaning and wiping down surfaces you or members of your family touch often at least once per day. This includes door handles, faucets, light switches, desk and countertops, and stair railings. Each should be wiped down and cleaned with cleaning agents that are approved by the EPA for disinfection, which will be listed on the label.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of upper respiratory infections and stay home when you feel sick yourself. The only exception is going to the doctor to receive medical care.
Determine a plan for work or school closures
Do you know if your workplace or children’s school or daycare have a plan for emergency operations? Depending on where a case is found, local schools or businesses may shut down as a precaution to slow down the spread of illness. contact your school to learn what the plan is for continuing education during shutdowns. If your children are college students, make sure they learn what their school is planning in case of an outbreak. Speak to your office’s human resource department to learn what the policy is for telecommuting, working from home or sick leave in case of an outbreak.
Illness Treatment in Worcester, MA
If you begin to exhibit symptoms of an upper respiratory illness, call AFC Urgent Care Worcester today. If you have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call before visiting our center so we can prepare for your arrival. For questions, please call 508-755-4010.