UPDATE 3/17/2020: Since the we originally posted this blog, a lot has changed throughout the nation and the world. We have seen countries on lock down, school districts close, and some of the nation’s largest scaled events canceled. The virus has spread quickly, and we are doing what we can to slow the spread. The practice of social distancing has played a key role in ensuring we don’t see a spike in the number of cases, essentially helping us to flatten the curve. This will allow first responders, doctors, and hospitals to better help those who do get sick. If we see a large spike in cases, then there will not be enough resources to help everyone at once. Social distancing also reduces the chances of doctors and nurses getting sick, making them more available to care for all of us. So how can you practice proper social distancing and help prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- Work from home if you can
- Wash your hands
- Don’t gather in groups of more than 10 people
- Avoid eating in restaurants and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options
- Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits
- If you do not feel ill, do not get a test to see if you have the virus. Don’t put yourself at risk, and save the tests for those who do feel ill
- If in the event you do experience symptoms, call your doctor first. Do not go to the ER or your primary care physician’s office right away. The availability of telemedicine has made this easily achievable and makes it so that we don’t spread this virus to our health care providers as previously mentioned.
- If anyone in your household is sick, you and any other household members must stay quarantined for at least 15 days
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