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Prevention

January 1, 1970

When/how should I wash my hands? 

After being in public (mass transit, grocery stores, etc.) or touching things others have touched (door handles, railings, etc.), give your hands a 20-second scrub. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

 

Should I change my travel plans?

If you’re planning a trip anywhere outside the U.S., you can view travel restrictions, recommendations and updates on the CDC website.

 

Should I wear a face mask?

The CDC recommends wearing a cloth mask in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The mask should: 

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, and
  • be secured with ties or ear loops, and
  • include multiple layers of fabric, and
  • allow for easy breathing, and
  • be able to be washed/dried without damage or change to shape.

NOTE: Cloth masks do not provide complete protection. Maintaining "social distance" is still important. 

 

Should I keep social distance?

Yes. According to the CDC, social distancing means avoiding group settings and mass gatherings, and maintaining a distance of approximately 6 feet (2 meters) from others. This helps protect you from exposure and helps slow the spread of the virus.

 

Why is telemedicine helpful?

By using telemedicine, you avoid waiting room germs. Our doctors can treat illnesses, such as the flu, sinus congestion or pink eye. The more you can avoid places with sick people, the better. If your employer provides First Stop Health telemedicine, our doctors are here for you 24/7.

Our doctors evaluate possible cases of COVID-19 and advise on the home treatment of mild cases. Severe cases (respiratory distress/difficulty breathing) will be told to call 911.

Originally published Jan 1, 1970 12:00:00 AM.