Tips and Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk – COVID-19


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after the infection has been termed COVID-19.

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How COVID-19 Coronavirus Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus.

Minimize Your Risk

Tips and Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk
Cities and states are taking increasingly drastic measures to curb the severity of the pandemic, including the closing of bars, restaurants, and public venues. In some areas, officials have issued “shelter in place” orders in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement. To further protect yourself, minimize your exposure with the following tips:
Practice Good Hygiene
  • Clean hands with sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, doorknobs, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting the air conditioning
At The Office
  • Stop shaking hands – use other non-contact methods of greeting
  • Use video conferencing for meetings when possible
  • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like desks, keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and telephones
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
Stay Home if…
  • You are feeling sick
  • You have a sick family member in their home