Pandemic Preparedness: Daily precautions to take to prevent COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona, it is now more important than ever to take daily precautions in order to protect yourself and others from the virus. By performing these actions (listed below), you will be doing your part to keep yourself and those around you safe. These safety precautions include:


✓ PRACTICE PROPER HAND HYGIENE

Frequently wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Keep wipes in your car to wipe your hands when you come into your car from shopping. 

You can carry hand sanitizer in your bag, pocket or purse if available. Hand sanitizer left in your car will not catch on fire, but it is flammable if it comes in contact with an ignition source such as flame from a lighter. High heat exposure to the Arizona sun can, however, reduce its effectiveness. 


✓ STAY HOME

If you (or others in the household) are feeling ill, or if you have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 up to 14 days after your most recent exposure. 

Avoiding unessential outings, close contact with individuals outside of the home, group gatherings and crowded areas. 

For more information on quarantining and isolation, visit this link.


✓ DISINFECT AND SANITIZE 

Commonly touched surfaces and objects in the home should be regularly disinfected.

For a list of what disinfectants can be used against COVID-19 (The EPA’s N list), visit this link. (click here to learn how to use the EPA’s N list)

CDC advises that “color-safe” bleach is not effective for use against COVID-19


✓  WEAR CLOTH FACE COVERINGS 

Whenever you are in public, around a potentially sick individual, or a confirmed sick individual always wear a cloth face covering.

Please visit this link to learn how to make a no-sew mask out of materials you likely have at home.

Three layer masks are recommended for those under 65 and without health conditions and medical grade masks are recommended for those older than 65 and with immunocompromising conditions. 


✓ MONITOR YOUR SYMPTOMS

Watch for symptoms – visit this link for the CDC’s list of COVID-19 symptoms.

Take your temperature often (above 100 degrees Fahrenheit is usually considered an abnormal temperature).

Text SICK to 1-833-410-0556 if you are feeling ill between updates.

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