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Facemasks Are The New Normal; How To Continue Being Healthy

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. As the rate of infections begins to slow down in some hard-hit areas, early signs of recovery are appearing. Some towns, cities and states are starting to slowly reopen businesses, public areas and more.

What will “the new normal” mean for you? What things should we consider and what are possible next steps in continuing to keep ourselves and our families healthy?

Protecting yourself as cities and states start to reopen

Until a safe, effective coronavirus vaccine is available, there will continue to be a risk of infection, even as people get back to work, school, and a more normal life.

The protective practices we were all taught this spring can continue to protect you and your family:

  • Social and physical distancing. Staying at least 6 feet away from anyone not living in your household can help you prevent infection.
  • Handwashing. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day, or using hand sanitizer, is an effective way to avoid getting sick with the coronavirus or other germs.
  • Wearing a face mask protects others from illness if you’re carrying the virus and don’t know it.
  • Practicing safe grocery shopping and food handling.
  • Continue to practice mindfulness and stress relief, as you did during stay-at-home orders. Mental and emotional well-being is a key aspect of health.

Staying informed about coronavirus can also help you:

  • Know what to do if you think you have the coronavirus: whom to call, where to go.
  • Understand what to expect if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Look out for signs of the coronavirus in babies and kids. Although the majority of children who contract COVID-19 have mild symptoms, a small percentage of patients under age 18 have experienced severe disease, including a rare inflammatory condition.
  • Understand who is more at risk. Older people and those living with heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses have a greater chance of dying from COVID-19.

What business precautions for coronavirus should we know before going back to work?

Companies are developing plans to help ensure the safety of their employees. Many companies are considering safety measures like:

  • Daily, mandatory self-assessment for all employees of possible coronavirus symptoms.
  • Isolation at home and testing if needed for any employee who has symptoms. Masks required for everyone entering the business
  • Social distancing in all areas.
  • Rigorous cleaning and wipe down of the entire facility at the end of each day.

Remember… until a vaccine is widely available, even if your company is “open for business,” you still need to take precautions so that employees and customers don’t catch or spread COVID-19. For your safety and the safety of others, continue to follow all safety guidelines described above.