For the General Public
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve. Don’t use your hands to cover coughs and sneezes.
- Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you do need to visit one of these facilities, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if you are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
- Avoid all non-essential travel
- Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
- Clean household surfaces with standard cleaners. Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas (doorknobs, tabletops, countertops, phones, keyboards, etc.).
- Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Visit ReadyHarris.org frequently for updates.
- Make sure you have enough of your routinely prescribed medication for 1-3 months. It’s a good idea to keep cough and cold medicine, ibuprofen or acetaminophen on hand if needed.
For People Who Feel Sick
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Do not go out in public when you are sick.
- If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, stay home and self-isolate until you have contacted a healthcare professional. If you end up needing to come in for evaluation, inform your caretakers of your possible concerns for COVID 19, so they can be prepared for you.
- It is recommended that you not go to the emergency room unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. This will help maintain the emergency room’s capacity to be able to safely serve your friends and family when they have critical needs.
Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness should consult with their healthcare provider. Those without a healthcare provider can also contact Harris Health’s Ask A Nurse line at: 713-634-1110.
Review the CDC’s information on COVID-19 online
- Share the facts- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-h.pdf
- Overview and Impact- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
- What to do if sick- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf