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How You Can Protect Yourself and Loved Ones Against COVID-19

Call Your Provider if Symptoms Arise

If you are experiencing a serious respiratory illness with fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call your primary care physician’s office. Be sure to tell them if you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Your provider will give you instructions on whether or not you should come into the office, and how you can be tested for COVID-19.

Take Preventive Actions

There are simple, everyday preventive actions outlined by the CDC that can help prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19 and the flu: 

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  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid shaking hands, even in a business setting.

Practice Social Distancing

The CDC and other health care organizations have recommended that you practice “social distancing” to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Their recommendations include:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid taking public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
  • Keep your distance from others (about six feet).
  • Consider taking the stairs between floors to avoid crowding elevators.
  • Consider vending machines for light snacks to avoid crowding cafeteria lines.