Lhadze Bosiljevac | AmeriCorps VISTA | 3/20/2020
As we all learn to cope and begin to adjust to the new normal of these unsettling times, it is important that we rely on trustworthy sources for up-to-date health information.
Opportunity Santa Fe recommends two evidence-based sources:
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html ; and
- State-based information, such as the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) https://cv.nmhealth.org/ .
Here are links to resources you and your family may find helpful:
- Practicing good hygiene
- Caring for loved ones
- Getting tested for COVID-19, call: 1-855-600-3453
- Activities for children
- Being productive
Currently the CDC is still in trial and error in how COVID-19 or Coronavirus is spread. Please follow these CDC guidelines in keeping yourself and others safe through:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How to Prepare
- Find Local Information
- Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases.
- Know the Signs & Symptoms
- Take Steps for Those at Higher Risk
- Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.
- Protect Yourself & Family
- Implement steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).
- Create a Household Plan
- Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
- Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
- Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
- Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
- Stay Informed About Emergency Plan.
- Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.