American Red Cross: Coronavirus safety tips for everyone

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on April 21, 2021 with No Comments

The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and following

the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath, plus others.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Call your doctor for medical advice if you think you have been

exposed to COVID-19 or develop symptoms.

The best way to stay healthy is to follow these steps from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from others if you must go out in public.
  • Wear a cloth face covering to cover your mouth and nose when around others and when you must go out in public. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Don’t place one on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops.

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