[NFBOH-Cleveland] Things to keep in mind, due to COVID-19
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Below I have inserted a few topics to keep in mind, due to COVID-19. Please
read them and share with your family. I have also placed the website where
you can go for more information.
Stay well and in good health!
COVID-19 Checklist for Older Ohioans & Individuals with Chronic Health
Top 5 Things You Can Do to Prepare for COVID-19
Older Ohioans and people who have underlying chronic and/or severe medical
conditions such as asthma; diabetes; or heart, lung, or kidney disease
appear to be at higher risk for more serious illness from COVID-19.
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, strongly recommends
that all older Ohioans and people who have severe chronic medical conditions
immediately take the following actions:
Stay at home as much as possible:
1. When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit
close contact, and wash your hands often.
2. Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Visit
locations when people are less likely to be there.
Have access to several weeks of medications and supplies if you need to stay
home for a prolonged period of time. If you have to visit the pharmacy, use
the drive-up window if available, or call the pharmacy to see if they have a
process for picking up the prescription without waiting in line.
Plan now for what you will do if you, or people you rely on for support,
become ill. Take care of emotional health of yourself and your household
members. Communicate with family members, friends, and neighbors through the
phone or email at least weekly to create a support network. Discourage them
from visiting in person.
Monitor your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19:
1. Watch for symptoms and warning signs such as difficulty breathing,
persistent pain, or pressure in chest; confusion or inability to arouse;
bluish lips or face; fever; etc.
2. Contact your health care provider if ill, prior to seeing them in
3. Consult with your healthcare provider for more information about
monitoring your health
for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
For pet owners:
* Practice everyday preventive actions to stay healthy around your
pets. At this point there is no evidence that companion animals, including
pets, can spread COVID-19.
* Identify backup caretakers for pets in the event you are confirmed
to have COVID-19.
* Wear a well-fitted mask and limit interaction with pets and other
animals if you are confirmed to have COVID-19 and identified by public
health officials as requiring home care and isolation. Service animals
should be permitted to stay with their handlers.
* Implement practical measures to protect yourself, your family, or
pets from this or any other contagious respiratory illness.
* While there is no vaccination against COVID-19, always vaccinate
pets as recommended by your veterinarian to protect them from other
COVID-19 Shopping Checklist
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH suggests the
following household items to prepare for a possible quarantine or isolation
due to COVID-19:
1. Nonperishable food items like:
o Canned fruits and vegetables, canned or powdered milk, broths, soup,
meat products or fish, beans, stews, and any other canned items your family
o Snack items like peanut butter, jelly, crackers, nuts, and granola
o Frozen meals.
2. Baby food or special items your family members may need.
Water and liquids with electrolytes like Pedialyte or sports drinks.
3. Medications for all members of your family, including prescription
medications and over the counter medicines like antacids, cough and cold
medicines, pain relievers, and vitamins.
4. Household items like toothpaste, soaps and shampoos, toilet paper,
diapers if necessary, laundry detergent and disinfectant wipes.
5. Entertainment items like video games, movies or shows, board games,
card, reading materials, and anything else your family could do to stay
entertained for extended amounts of time at home.
Stay home when you are sick
* Avoid contact with people who are sick
* Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
* Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
* Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
* Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after
* Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
* Call before visiting your doctor
* Practice good hygiene habits
Top 5 Ways To Disinfect When Everyday Supplies Run Out
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, offers the
following suggestions for preventive cleaning against COVID-19 if everyday
supplies, such as cleaning wipes or cleaning sprays, run out:
* Use a diluted household bleach solution if appropriate for the
surface: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water; or 4 teaspoons
of bleach per quart of water. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for
application and proper ventilation. Do not use if product is past its
expiration date. NEVER mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners.
* Use an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol.
* Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
Discard gloves after use, or, if reusable gloves are used, they should be
dedicated only for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces for COVID-19 and no
other purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
* Clean hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
* Remember to keep all cleaning products out of the reach of
children at all times.
When to Contact Your Provider - COVID-19 Checklist
March 12, 2020 |
COVID-19 Checklist for When to Contact Your Provider
Top Recommendations If You Get Sick
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends
that all Ohioans immediately take the following actions if they feel sick:
* Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever,
cough, and shortness of breath. Call your doctor immediately (before seeking
care) if you feel like you are developing these symptoms. If you have a
medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you
have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. This will help the healthcare
provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or
exposed. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility.
* Seek prompt medical attention if you develop emergency warning
signs for COVID-19. In adults, these can include:
o Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
o Persistent pain or pressure in chest
o New confusion or inability to arouse
o Bluish lips or face.
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your healthcare provider for
any other severe or concerning symptoms.
* Call your doctor before seeking care if you have recently traveled
from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Avoiding large gatherings:
* When out in public or at events (e.g., shopping, traveling,
attending religious events, weddings, or funerals, maintain social
distancing whenever possible. This means staying about 6 feet away from
other people. Continue to wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer and
cover coughs with a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
* If you are unable to attend an athletic or other event and watch
it on TV, stay home and avoid parties or large, crowded establishments.
* Consider postponing travel and events excluded from the ban if
* Plan shopping and other necessary excursions infrequently and at
non-peak times. (E.g., Shop for groceries only once a week and go in the
morning or mid- afternoon on a weekday.
For more info, click on the link below!
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