PROTECTING AGAINST COVID-19
 

The best advice for the public to prevent the spread of any virus, including COVID-19, is to:

  • Wear a 2-ply cloth mask over your nose and mouth when in public. 
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitizer) for at least 20 seconds.
  • Practice social distancing. 

WHY IS MASKING IMPORTANT?

As society has opened and more people have resumed work, school, shopping, dining out and other public activities, we have experienced an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Nearly all public health experts agree that masking, social distancing and hand hygiene will help us to control the spread of COVID-19 until a vaccine is developed. 

Wearing a cloth face covering when in public is especially important because:

  • You could have COVID-19 and not yet know.
  • Masks help contain droplets from the nose and mouth that can spread the virus.
  • Your mask protects others. Their mask protects you.

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.

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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.