The surprising COVID-19 pandemic has continued to go on far longer than many of us had anticipated. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by the situation, and “COVID fatigue” means many people are loosening up on following safety protocols. It is vital to remember that the virus is not gone and remaining vigilant in heeding safety recommendations is critical in getting rid of the virus. Not sure where to start? Here are a few COVID-19 safety protocols for your household.
With a new virus like this one, the world is in a phase where we are still learning how the illness works. As such, researchers, medical professionals, and government leaders are continuously revising their recommendations. The best way to stay safe is to stay updated with the latest information about the virus. Pay attention to the news to make sure you’re following the latest guidelines.
It’s a good idea to stay connected to organizations, neighbors, and the community in a time like this. Create a “COVID Contact Sheet” with contact information for local urgent care centers, your primary care physician, your children’s school, their friends’ parents. Make the list easy to see and easy to use so that every member of your household can find emergency information if needed.
Several precautionary measures have been put out by the CDC that will help keep you from getting sick. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Wash your hands.
- Maintain a six-foot distance when in public.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently handled items and surfaces at home.
- Wear a mask when outdoors.
- Try to avoid crowded indoor locations and events.
Know Your Risk
There are a few health issues that could put you at a greater risk of having a more severe case of COVID if you happen to catch the virus. If you have any of the following conditions, you’ll want to take extra preventative measures to make sure you don’t get sick: chronic diseases, obesity, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. If you have any questions, contact your medical provider to see if you are at risk.
Prepare for Illness
Have a “just in case” plan in place to make recovery easier for the whole household. Select a room in the home that will be used as a quarantine space if a family member tests positive and have it stocked with water, tissues, and over the counter fever reducers. Ensure you have your doctor’s number handy and know where the closest urgent care or testing center is. Know who in the household will do what if a parent gets sick.
As a second wave of the COVID-19 heads our way, you must stay on top of household safety and know what you will do in the event of a positive case. If you or a family member are experiencing flu-like symptoms, would like a second opinion, or would like to book a COVID test today, get in touch with a nearby urgent care center for assistance.