- Stay Safe From Coronavirus
Stay Safe From Coronavirus
There's a lot of information out there about coronavirus. That can be helpful, but it's not always clear what you can trust. Stick with these tips from the experts to keep yourself safe and healthy. (updated August 2021)
How can I protect myself?
Practice social distancing
If there are a lot of coronavirus cases in your area, one of the best ways to protect yourself is social distancing. That means:
- Staying home when you can — for example, by getting your groceries and medications delivered to your house or by signing up for our free mail-order pharmacy
- Keeping your distance from others when you do need to go out
- Limiting the amount of time you spend close to other people
- Choosing safer ways to socialize — like having a video call or meeting up outdoors with just a few friends instead of going to a big indoor party
Social distancing protects you because it means there’s less chance that you’ll come in contact with the virus.
This is especially important for people who are more likely to get very sick from coronavirus — including people ages 65 and older, people with health conditions like lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, and people who haven’t had the coronavirus vaccine yet.
Wear a face mask
If you haven’t had the coronavirus vaccine, or if there are a lot of coronavirus cases in your area, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask in indoor public places like grocery stores, doctor’s offices, and buses.
The goal is to help prevent people who have coronavirus — but don't have symptoms — from spreading the virus.
You can buy reusable cloth face masks or disposable surgical masks, or you can make your own mask at home. Just make sure the mask fits tightly over your nose and mouth. To learn more about face masks, visit the CDC website.
Take the same steps as for preventing cold and flu
Here are some CDC guidelines:
- Wash your hands often (or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you're sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect things that you touch a lot — like cell phones and doorknobs — using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Take care of your mental health
Coronavirus is unlike anything we've faced in our lifetime. So if you're feeling anxious, sad, stressed, or lonely — or all of the above — it makes sense. The good news is that there are lots of ways to take care of your mental health during the pandemic.
Get updates from trusted sources
There’s a lot of information about coronavirus that’s going around by word of mouth, over email, and on social media sites like Facebook — and some of it is just plain false.
Always check the source to verify what you’re reading. Or better yet, stick with these trusted sources:
When do I need to call the doctor?
Call your doctor right away if you think you have coronavirus or if you recently spent time with someone who later found out they have the virus. Your doctor can help you get a coronavirus test and tell you about symptoms to watch out for.
Can’t get in touch with your doctor? Call us at 1-800-DEVOTED (TTY 711). We’re here to help you get the care you need.
Call 911 or go to the emergency room right away if you’re having a medical emergency or if you have:
- Trouble breathing — or if your lips or face look blue
- Severe chest pain
- Sudden confusion
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