The American Red Cross continues to closely monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We understand this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do now to protect themselves and their families. Below are some everyday steps that people in the U.S. can take now. In addition, stay informed about what’s happening in your community and always follow the directions of state and local authorities.
HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
Follow these steps to help keep you and others safe:
if you can and avoid any non-essential travel. Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.
by keeping at least 6 feet — about two arm lengths — away from others if you must go out in public. Stay connected with loved ones through video and phone calls, texts and social media. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
with unwashed hands.
daily and high-touch surfaces frequently throughout the day. High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.
Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth, and throw used tissues in a lined trash can. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow — not your hands. Wash your hands immediately.
if you are at higher risk.
WHO IS AT A HIGHER RISK?
such as heart, lung or liver disease; diabetes; moderate to severe asthma; severe obesity; and renal failure.
including those undergoing cancer treatment.
should also be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness; however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, it is critical for you to take actions to avoid getting sick.
with others and follow the other steps above.
or to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications in case you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
IF YOU ARE SICK
According to the Experts, COVID-19 symptoms include fever, shortness of breath and a cough. Keep track of your symptoms, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure,
and call to seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen, such as difficulty breathing.
Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you are sick:
for medical advice if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions should call a health care provider as soon as symptoms start.
in your home. On your own, clean and disinfect all surfaces daily and high-touch surfaces frequently throughout the day in your sick room and designated bathroom. Have a healthy household member do the same for surfaces in other parts of the home.
f you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a health care provider’s office.
If your symptoms become severe, call to get medical attention immediately. Warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face