Precautionary Measures Regarding COVID-19
By Dr. Susan Nelson - PHC Medical Director
If you are feeling seriously ill, with flu-like symptoms, such as a fever or coughing, you should contact your primary care physician before reporting to work.
- Encourage employees with COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, shortness of breath to stay home and contact their physician.
- Social Distancing rules:
- Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- When social distancing is not possible or when in a public setting, the CDC recommends the use of a cloth face covering. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Running essential errands (grocery shopping, banking, doctor visits)
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.
- There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
- For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
- People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.