Coronavirus 19 (Covid-19) Memo
PRECAUTIONS AND HOW TO MINIMIZE YOUR RISK
To: Lags Medical Centers Patients
From: Tracie Slaoui, BSN RN, Director of Nursing
Date: March 4, 2020
Re: Coronavirus 19 (Covid-19)
The Lags Medical Centers leadership team wanted to provide you with a quick overview of the Coronavirus 19 (Covid-19) situation. It appears that Covid-19 may become widespread just like past flu outbreaks. Simple precautions like washing or sanitizing your hands often or wearing a mask to protect others will be effective in reducing its spread.
Those most at risk are those already medically at risk. The average healthy person should do well; just read this article from an American with the virus, as it helps to understand the symptoms: https://www.lacortenews.com/n/american-with-coronavirus-speaks-out-about-what-the-disease-is-really-like-shares-advice.
The surgical masks you see people wearing are smart to use – if you are sick – as coughing is a primary method of transmission, so wearing the mask prevents people who are sick from spreading the virus. But if you’re not sick, a mask actually can do more harm than good. Check out https://www.fastcompany.com/90459494/are-you-wearing-a-mask-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak-here-are-5-reasons-not-to. Succinctly stated: If you’re sick, wear a mask; if you’re not sick, don’t.
As simple as it sounds, washing your hands multiple times a day and keeping your hands away from your mouth or nose are very effective precautions. Just think of how many hands touched the handrail or doorknob you just used in a public space, or how many people used the same keypad, or the number of people who used the same pen you just picked up. These little steps add up.
Please remember, Do The Five:
1. HANDS Wash them often
2. ELBOW Cough into it
3. FACE Don’t touch it
4. SPACE Keep safe distance
5. HOME Stay if you can
For more information on Covid-19 and what other precautions may exist, please check the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html By working together, we can minimize any risk.
National Institutes of Health: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
White House Coronavirus Guidelines For America: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
California Department of Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
Oregon Health Authority: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19
Nevada Health Response: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
Florida Department of Health: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/