Troubling times can make us feel useless, like our hands are tied and there’s little we can do to help. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer a few simple steps you can take to help reduce the risk of catching or sharing Coronavirus Diseases 2019 (COVID-19).
WASH YOUR HANDS
That’s it, just wash your hands. But do it properly as well: Wet your hands with water, then apply soap. Scrub them together for at least 20 seconds, being sure to pay attention to the backs of your hands anything that might have gotten stuck under your finger nails. Then rinse clean and dry. It’s as easy as that! Since is likely spread through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, disinfecting surfaces, our hands, and the things we touch is a good plan.
STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK
If you’re not feeling well, stay home. Self-isolation is the best way to stop the spread of illness. Don’t go to public events, work, or even family gatherings when you’re not feeling well or if a doctor, medical professional, or public health officer has instructed you to stay home.
COVER YOUR COUGH
Under the best of circumstances, it’s best to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, or cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR’s ADVICE
With so many people claiming to be experts, knowing who to trust can be difficult. But you know your doctor, health care professional, or public health official have not only solid information, but also your best interests at heart. Follow their recommendations to help keep COVID-19 at bay.
It’s sometimes hard to find more information about what is going on locally. In efforts to provide a way for people to have their questions answered, MDH has established a hotline for the public. You can call 651-201-3920 to ask a qualified MDH staff member your questions about COVID-19 and what you should due to decrease your risk of infection. Interpreters and translation services are available.
Visit www.health.state.mn.us for more information.