PROTECTING AGAINST COVID-19
 

COVID-19 vaccination is now available to individuals age 12 and older. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they receive their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine.

As of May 12, approximately 265 million doses have been safely administered in the United States, resulting in declines in hospitalizations and deaths. Learn more about regional vaccination opportunities here. In addition to vaccination, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Wearing a two-ply cloth mask over your nose and mouth. 
  • Frequently washing your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitizer) for at least 20 seconds.
  • Practicing social distancing. 

On May 13, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a face mask and social distance in many indoor and outdoor settings. The CDC was clear; however, in stating that the new guidelines do not apply to health care settings.

Masking and social distancing requirements will remain in effect for all Maury Regional Health hospitals, medical office buildings, outpatient facilities and Maury Regional Medical Group practices until more data regarding vaccination rates, case counts and variant studies prompt the CDC to update their recommendations.

ARE YOU AT INCREASED RISK FOR COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a significant danger to everyone, but many people are at an increased risk for serious complications — including hospitalization, intensive care, a ventilator or even death — due to factors like age or pre-existing health conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those at greatest risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 are seniors and those with underlying health conditions, some of which include:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure and/or heart conditions
  • Lung conditions like asthma or COPD
  • Obesity
  • Smoking history

If you have one or more of these conditions, as well as any of the other conditions outlined by the CDC, it’s important to speak with your primary care provider about steps you can take to manage your health and reduce your risk for COVID-19.

For a more extensive list of those at greatest risk or for more information about the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with underlying health conditions, visit CDC.gov/coronavirus.

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT THE ONES YOU LOVE?

By wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and regularly washing your hands, you can do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 — protecting your fellow community members, coworkers and loved ones who may be at greater risk.

 

controlling household spread of covid-19

When someone becomes infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, those who reside in the same home have a strong chance of also becoming infected. Learn more about controlling household spread of COVID-19.

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IMPORTANT: Patients should not attempt to self-medicate without direction from their physician or clinical provider, with the exception of over-the-counter fever reducing medications. All medications should be taken as directed.