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Staying Safe as the State Reopens

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Laura Zabriskie

June 2, 2020
As the conversation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shifts to re-opening, many remain concerned about their safety in public. One of the primary reasons for this is the inability to ensure that others follow safe practices. Unfortunately, there are some who ignore the health guidelines, but there are things that people can do to keep themselves safe regardless of the actions of others. Here is a reminder of five things that you can control to protect your safety:

#1: Keep a distance of six feet between yourself and others

While it is impossible to control the actions of others, continuing to physically distance will help to protect you. COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets, which are believed to only be able to travel six feet through the air. If you are that distance or further from someone who is not wearing a face covering, it is unlikely that you will contract the virus from that person.

#2: Wash your hands frequently

Good hand hygiene will protect you and your family from infected droplets that others may have left on objects. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Click here to see the CDC’s guidelines for proper hand washing.

#3: Avoid touching your face

COVID-19 is contracted by inhaling infected droplets. These droplets are microscopic and can be transferred from objects to your face, where they can easily be inhaled. If you avoid touching your face, the risk of this happening is very low.

#4: Regularly disinfect "high-touch" surfaces like doorknobs and light switches

High-touch surfaces are much more likely to hold infected droplets because of how many people use them. Regularly disinfecting these objects significantly reduces your risk of contracting the virus from them.

#5: Wear a face covering in public

When used correctly, face coverings do provide you with additional protection; however, the primary purpose of wearing a face covering is to protect others. This is critically important for stopping the spread of COVID-19.

The fear of going out in public during this time is understandable, but if you follow these guidelines, you can stay safe. Rest assured that GBMC HealthCare is doing everything possible to safeguard your health and you will be protected when you come for your medical care. In addition to regular cleaning and physical distancing measures, GBMC is conducting temperature screenings and requiring the use of masks. Please do not stay home if you need care. GBMC is a safe place to be, and we are here to take care of you.

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