Many people are wondering when they can stop wearing a mask or be able to go out in public without worrying about social distancing. Based on the recent increase in cases in our region, we are not there yet.
Reducing the spread of the coronavirus is our best preventive measure until a vaccine is developed and available. We can work together by continuing to practice the following habits:
1. Wear a mask
“Wearing masks in all public indoor and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained will continue to be the best way to avoid spread of COVID-19,” said Family Care Network’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jim Hopper.
Medical experts believe masks might help reduce the spread of the virus by prohibiting respiratory droplets from spreading from an infected person’s mouth.
A great example of how masks are helping to reduce spread is the case of two Missouri hairstylists with coronavirus who saw 140 clients. www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/no-new-covid-19-cases-reported-after-infected-hair-stylists-n1230346
2. Social distance
By now, social distancing of at least 6 feet between persons has become standard practice in most public places.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a distance of 6 feet because droplets from someone who breathes, coughs or sneezes usually land within three feet from their mouth. Social distancing can slow the spread of COVID-19 and protects your family and the community.
3. Hand hygiene
When you touch your face with dirty hands, germs enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth. Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. When soap and water are not readily available, the CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer made with at least 60% alcohol.
4. Feeling sick? Stay home.
If you’re feeling sick, stay home! At Family Care Network you have the option of using our On-Demand Telemedicine service to see an available provider for a minor illness or injury using your cellphone, computer or tablet. Your provider will determine if your specific medical concern is appropriate for telemedicine. http://familycarenetwork.com/services/telemedicine
Instead of focusing on when we can stop wearing masks and social distancing, it's important to focus on when and where we should be wearing a mask and social distancing. Watch Dr. Hopper answer this question in Episode 7 of “5 COVID-19 questions” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6adQAUMZBXU&t=2s&fbclid=IwAR2PGgW9ACSkdZ3CRJ21-J_58s8h1Chi8s7rWNzg7hH0SNFOlBX-e2jD5g.
FCN’s President and CEO, Dr. Rodney Anderson, said this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint. Please think about what’s good for the health of the community at large.