Altrua HealthShare encourages its members to become accustomed to some ”new” social behaviors. As your state or region starts to ease restrictions, here are a set of guidelines to help protect your family, keep the number of infections low, and prevent a resurgence of the virus.
Here are the basics to think about when going out:
1. Maintain physical distance from other people.
- At minimum maintain a distance of six feet… ten feet where possible.
- Avoid standing in front of others when having a conversation.
2. Wear a mask.
- When you will be in/with a group of people
- When having conversations… indoors or outdoors
- Even if you have no symptoms
3. Wash your hands often.
4. When going out, opt for outdoor activities.
Try to avoid indoor venues and stores. And when you return home:
- Wash your hands with soap for at lease 30 seconds
- Wash your face.
- Change your clothes and take a shower as soon as possible.
Be especially aware of yourself when meeting with high-risk people, such as those with chronic illnesses and the elderly.
Taking care of yourself and your family members is important.
Practice these preventive measures every day:
- Frequently wash and sanitize your hands. Watch Instructional Video
- Adhere to coughing etiquette. Cover your mouth with the crook of your elbow.
- Always keep rooms ventilated.
- Maintain proper physical distance from other people.
- Avoid closed, crowded, and close-contact settings.
- Monitor your condition. Take your temperature every morning. Rest at home if you have a fever or are displaying symptoms of cold.
When going shopping follow these tips:
- Shop online when possible.
- Visit stores when they aren’t crowded. Go by yourself or in a small group.
- Pay cashless so you avoid contact with the cashier.
- Make a list of what you need beforehand in order to minimize your time in the store.
- Avoid touching items on display, such as samples.
- Maintain physical distance when in line.
If you travel using public transportation (train, bus or taxi/uber/lyft) try to:
- Refrain from talking.
- Avoid peak hours.
- Walk or ride a bike when possible.
When you are dining:
- Order takeout or delivery.
- Sit outside if possible.
- Prepare individual portions. Don’t make large dishes for people to share.
- Sit side-by-side, not facing each other.
- Don’t talk as much as usual. Focus on eating.
- Don’t pour drinks for other people. Don’t share glasses or silverware.
- Avoid dining in large groups.
- Don’t participate if you have a fever or are displaying cold symptoms.
You may not have much control of your work environment.
If you can, try to arrange the following:
- Work from home or arrange with colleagues to stagger hours at the office.
- Work in spacious rooms.
- Hold online meetings.
- Exchange business cards online.
- Ventilate rooms and wear masks when having in-person meetings.