This video provides instructions on how to correctly wear a variety of masks, from homemade to N95s. Ensure the bands are wrapped around your head and are not crossed. One should be placed below your ear and the other band above your ear. Aim for an airtight seal around the borders of the mask. Use the metal nose band to pinch around the bridge of your nose to assist in the baiting an airtight seal is created and the mask is fitted to your face snuggly.
Lassen County Public Health and Lassen College Nursing bring you this kid friendly video displaying the importance of washing your hands correctly.
Professor Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Arizona, Dr. James P. Phillips, MD, the Chief of Disaster Medicine at GWU Emergency Medicine, and I developed a COVID-19 Risk Index to help you do this, based on four key factors:
1) Enclosed space
2) Duration of interaction
4) Forceful exhalation
Again, we hope this Risk Index is helpful to you as you decide what you are comfortable doing as these activities become available. We created this as a public service, so please feel free to tweet, post, e-mail, and print and hang this on your refrigerator or around your workplace.
Dr. Korver released a Health Officer Order for the Control of COVID-19 using Quarantine on April 7, 2020.
For Who: Household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers, and close contacts of persons with or likely to have COVID-19
What does it mean to be a "close contact" of a person with or likely to have COVID-19:
1. Were within 6 feet of person who has or is likely to have COVID-19 for more than ten minutes
2. Had unprotected contact with the body fluids and/or secretations (such as being coughed on/sneezed on, shared utensils or salvia or provided care without wearing protective equipment) of a person who has or is likely to have COVID-19
Self-quarantine is necessary because an individual is at high risk for developing and spreading COVID-19 from contact with a person who has:
1. A positive lab for COVID-19
2. Signs and symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 (ex. fever, cough, shortness of breath, or trouble breathing) (or)
3. Been Informed by a physician that they are likely to have COVID-19
A person who is considered to be a close contact of a person with or likely to have COVID-19 are asked to be quarantined in their home or another residence until 14 days from the last date that they were last in contact with the person who has or is likely to have COVID-19.
Dr. Korver released a Health Officer Order for the Control of COVID-19 using Isolation on April 7, 2020.
All Individuals who have been diagnosed with or are likely to have COVID-19 must immediately take the following actions:
1. Isolate themselves in their home or another residence until
A. At least 3 days have passes since recovery, defined as resolution of fever without use of
fever-reducing medications and improvement of respiratory symptoms (and)
B. At least 7 days since symptoms first appeared (or)
C. A negative COVID-19 test
Dr. Korver releases a Guidance for the General Public for Face Covering on April 7, 2020.
"A Study published by Cambridge University Press, found that both homemade cloth masks and traditional surgical masks significantly reduce the amount of potentially infectious droplets expelled by the wearer, though surgical masks were three times better for preventing transition. "
What this means:
1. Cloth masks/covering are less effective than medical masks. Their use, even if imperfect is better
than nothing at helping limit the spread of the virus.
2. Using a face covering does not mean that is okay to relax social distancing and hand washing
3. Homemade masks/face coverings that are re-used have the potential to hold onto virus and
bacteria. If you are using a homemade cloth facemask, wash it frequently with hot water and
soap and let it dry completely.
4. Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell or sick even when wearing a face
5. Businesses should consider obtaining homemade or cloth masks for their employees as part of
their current safety protocol.
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider before seeking care. Contacting them in advance will make sure that people can get the care they need without putting others at risk. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history. You can also take the following precautionary measures: avoid contact with sick individuals, wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.
Including How to Disinfect Frequently Touched Objects and Deep-Cleans written by the SafeHome Team Updated March, 2020.
American Medical Association - Food Safety and COVID-19:
- How to Stay Safe while Grocery Shopping
- Precautions for Unpacking Groceries
- Food Preparation
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention released an article about supporting employee well being during COVID-19. It is titled: "Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Uncertain Times."
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