June 10, 2020
Society is reopening. Relaxing restrictions in Kansas City and throughout the country brings relief for those of us who are itching for normalcy. But while returning to your favorite activities may support your mental and emotional health, COVID-19 is still present in our world and community. We must return to daily practices in a safe and socially responsible way to contain COVID-19.
These 5 healthy habits can keep you, your loved ones and your community safe – while keeping COVID-19 at bay. Remember, with no vaccine yet available, the best way to contain coronavirus is to avoid exposure to the germs that cause it. Here’s how:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water aren't available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. Perform hand hygiene frequently, especially after being out in public or after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands that can transmit germs.
Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. The virus can spread from person to person when respiratory droplets produced by an infected person come into contact with the eyes, noses and mouths of others. These droplets are released when people cough, sneeze or talk. Avoid close contact to prevent this transmission.
It's possible to be infected with COVID-19 without even knowing it. This means you could inadvertently spread the virus to others. Wear a mask when you're out in public to reduce the risk of spreading germs you don't even know you have. Masks are required in all facilities at The University of Kansas Health System.
Isolate yourself from others, including members of your household. Be alert for symptoms and take your temperature. COVID-19 most commonly causes fever, cough and shortness of breath. Most people with COVID-19 will be able to rest and recover at home, but call your doctor if symptoms persist or you have difficulty breathing.
Regularly practicing these healthy habits – our tips for containing COVID-19 – will help all of us reduce disease spread during this global pandemic.