Coronavirus: Safety and Tips for You

The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), as well as following the latest guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families. That is why the Red Cross is highlighting some important health and safety preparedness steps that people in Central California and across the U.S. can take in response to coronavirus concerns.

Limit the Spread of Germs and Prevent Infection

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom and before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces in the home and workplace. Surfaces like doorknobs and light switches are typically used frequently by multiple people, so disinfecting can help prevent the spreading of germs.

Also, make sure to stay home if you are not feeling well and try to avoid close contact with people who are sick. This can help prevent the spread of any respiratory infection.

Get Your Household Ready

  • Make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications and have other health supplies on hand such as: couch and cold medicines, pain relivers, and fluids with electrolytes and vitamins.
  • Have a supply of food and household staples like laundry detergent and bathroom items prepared
  • Create a plan on how you will handle your workplace or children’s school closing from a possible outbreak.

According to the CDC, patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have the disease or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of the disease.

Up-to-Date Information

For the latest information, please visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/covid19. Additional health and safety tips can be found by following your local Red Cross social media or by contacting your county health officials.

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