Safety Precautions during Covid-19
To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the CDC has published many safety precautious to help protect you and your family. These safety precautions include:
- Wash 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.
- 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.
- Avoid Close Contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home as much as possible
- Put distance between yourself and other people. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at a higher risk of getting sick.
- Wear a Cloth Face Covering over Your Nose and Mouth
- Effective July 7th, 2020 All individuals in the State of West Virginia over the age of 9 must wear a face covering while in any public indoor space where social distancing can not be maintained. More information on Executive Order 50-20 can be found on the Governor's Webpage.
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, or is otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do not use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker (such as an N-95 or surgical mask)
- The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Cover Coughs and Sneezes
- If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and Disinfect
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, first clean them with soap and water. Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. A detailed guide for cleaning and disinfecting can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html.