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Best Practices for Staying Healthy

Know the Facts about COVID-19

The status of the coronavirus is constantly evolving. As we all adjust to the new precautionary measures that everyone is putting in place, we want to reassure you that your safety and well-being continues to be our top priority. We all need to take steps aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus (to flatten the curve) so as not to overburden our healthcare system.

Help stop the fear and learn about the facts:

Similarities: COVID-19 and the Flu
Influenza ("the flu") and COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, are both infectious respiratory illnesses. Although the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu look similar, the two illnesses are caused by different viruses.

Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
Understand the risk factors.
Information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild. Older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions (like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes) seem to be at higher risk.

Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.

Know the COVID-19 signs and symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Body aches and pains
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise
  • Confusion

Seek medical advice if you:

  • Develop symptoms
  • Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions to help keep yourself and others healthy:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. A 70 to 80 percent alcohol-based hand rub or gel sanitizer may provide an alternative where handwashing stations aren’t readily accessible.
  4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  5. Stop handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting.
  6. Stay home when you are sick.
  7. Consider limiting attendance at larger gatherings.
  8. Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper arm/elbow or a tissue. If using a tissue, be sure to throw it away in the trash.
  9. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, our lobbies will be temporarily closed except to customers who make an appointment. Click here for our temporary lobby hours. We’ve implemented additional cleaning and sanitizing practices in the high-touch areas. We are communicating often with our staff to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. We will make sure to update you via our website or on our social media channels if anything were to impact our normal day-to-day business functions.

We are all in this together. It's good to keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic will pass. Thank you for being a valued customer and doing your part in helping our communities be a safer environment to live in.

Credit CDC website

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