So far Palm Beach County has done an excellent job of sticking together and avoiding panic. Yes, like the rest country we are experiencing shortages and certainly some inconveniences. Still, though, our resolve remains strong and we, as a community, are committed to getting through this thing together.
When it comes to social distancing and proper quarantine etiquette, however, one bad apple can truly spoil the whole bunch. As such, according to the CDC, here are 5 things everyone in the Palm Beaches and around the country should be doing during the Coronavirus.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.
Here is a useful page on Facebook to join if you live in the Palm Beaches and need information on food or supplies: https://www.facebook.com/groups/870317086725373/
Practice Every Day Preventative Measures
Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf iconexternal icon. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Create a Quarantine Room
Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick. Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.
During this time you should stay home from work, school, and all activities when you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Also, do the following:
- Keeping away from others who are sick.
- Limiting close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
Do not bury your head in the sand. Remember to get daily, up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health official. Be aware of temporary school dismissals in your area, as this may affect your household’s daily routine.