9 ways you can reduce the spread of COVID-19

There's still a lot to learn about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We do know that there are some precautions that we can take to help slow the spread of the disease. Here are the top 10 ways you can help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after any activity.

This includes blowing your nose, coughing, etc. Always wash your hands before eating or cooking.

2. Maintain social distancing. Work from home if possible and avoid large gatherings, public spaces and public transportation.

Keep three to six feet between yourself and others. Avoid social touching, this includes shaking hands, kissing or hugging, instead try a hand wave or a smile.

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Be mindful to keep your hands away from any location on your face where a virus could enter your body.

4. Clean "high-touch" surfaces regularly.

It's still unknown if COVID-19 can spread from hard surfaces to people or how long it may live outside the human body. Take extra caution and clean high-touch surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks with household disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface.

5. Stop sharing.

Even though you may usually steal a bite from your kid’s plate or share a dessert with a friend or spouse, now is the time to be selfish with your food. Don’t share any common kitchen objects such as dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, cups, and, of course, food with anyone—even the people in your home. Also be sure to wash any kitchen items thoroughly after use with hot water and soap, or put them in the dishwasher.

6. If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19:

Learn more about when to seek care and options for speaking with a caregiver. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care.

7. Avoid any travel.

While you may be tempted to visit your grandkids or family, don’t travel during this time because it may expose you to someone who may be infected.

8. Prepare for your needs in case you’ll need to stay home for an extended period.

Make sure you have enough groceries, household items and medications on hand, and that you know how to order more either online or by making a phone call.

9. Have a plan if you get sick.

Talk to friends and family about who can help you if you get sick. Plan who could cook and deliver meals, run errands, and even take care of you.

Extra precautions for high-risk patients

Individuals who are at a higher risk of getting COVID-19 are recommended to take extra precautions to stay safe. This includes individuals who:

  • Are over the age of 60
  • Have heart disease
  • Have diabetes
  • Have lung disease, including asthma
  • Are taking immune suppression drugs

If you're at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, do not travel. Traveling may expose you to someone who may be infected. Make sure you have a plan if you get sick. Talk to your friends and family or you can sign-up for a mobile or online meal delivery service.

Lastly, another way you can help reduce the spread is by educating others. Share this article with your family and friends so they can also help prevent the people they love from getting sick.

For the most current information

Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, employees and visitors. HonorHealth is working closely with public health officials to stay up-to-date with the most current information and guidelines related to the Coronavirus. Visit our dedicated Coronavirus page for the latest information.

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