We all need to be aware of the new virus threat, stay vigilant, and protect ourselves and others at all times. While most people who get infected will suffer mild symptoms and recover quite quickly, it’s important not to relax. We all need to take the recommended precautions, including social distancing, seriously.
The virus may attack the lungs, so respiratory hygiene is essential to prevent the spread of the disease and protect yourself. If you have flu-like symptoms observe respiratory hygiene by wearing a mask and/or keeping well away from others.
New research indicates that droplets from a sneeze can travel more than 20 feet. So, we should cover our mouths and noses with a tissue when coughing and sneezing.
Observe Social Distancing to Protect Yourself
This virus may spread easily where people are gathered together in close proximity to each other. To slow the spread of the disease and save lives, keep well away from other people at all times. Protection is top priority, so it’s recommended that we stay six feet away from others, and wash our hands regularly.
Avoid Gatherings and Visits to Protect Yourself
Much as we might want to visit our loved ones and hold their hands, all visits should be avoided. Even small gatherings and social events must end as we all try to stem the spread of the virus. These draconian measures are needed in order to protect people.
Please try and keep in touch with your loved ones by phone or video. You know that regular contact with friends and family means a lot to them. And rest assured that daily monitoring and patient care is continuing as we all work to protect ourselves and everyone.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your social worker if you have any questions.