What you need to know
By now it’s likely much of the recovery community is aware of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, a respiratory illness (also referred to by the acronym, COVID-19) originating in China, known to spread from person to person.
As COVID-19 gains prevalence within the United States, Faces and Voices of Recovery wants to ensure the recovery community is informed of how to access emerging resources to help to prepare and protect yourselves, your families, and your communities. To that end we highlight the following useful information.
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency having a primary public health management role during the COVID-19 outbreak, the following everyday preventive actions can help to protect against respiratory illnesses.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Staying home when you are sick
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice), especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place
- Avoiding touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue (not your hand), then throwing the tissue in the trash
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces (countertops, doorknobs, faucets, desks, light switches, cell phones, remote controls).