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The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Practice these actions to help prevent the spread of this illness.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone should:

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6-10 feet).

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

  • CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Health measures that particularly help seniors & people with underlying conditions Evidence shows that people 60+ years old, who have underlying conditions, or who are overweight are at higher risk to the Coronavirus.

  • Be sure to adhere to your prescribed medication routine. An estimated 35 million Americans fail to adhere to their prescribed drug regimens.

  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand. It is safe to have 30-90 day supplies of your medications.

  • Consider using certified online/mail-order pharmacies for medications.

    • Prescription importation from certified pharmacies can save you as much as 90%

    • Direct home delivery reduces risk of contact with infection and contaminants

    • People who opt for mail-order fulfillment have fewer emergency room visits

    • Refill prescription medications are available in 30 and 90 day supplies

    • Getting your prescriptions delivered can help you stick to your treatment plan.

  • Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19, your underlying condition or if you feel sick.

Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

    • Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.

  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.

    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.

  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

  • Find a CDC approved COVID-19 testing site near you.

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are many important benefits, such as:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.

  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

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