Now that the virus is actively spreading in the community, it is vital to practice appropriate wellness and hygiene activities, and maintain proper distancing between yourself and others.
Risks & Benefits
When deciding which activities you are comfortable participating in, ask yourself the following questions:
- How many other people will be participating in this activity?
- Is the activity outside?
- Can I put distance between myself and others?
- How long will the activity take?
- Do I feel 100% healthy?
- How will I get there? Biking, walking, and driving in a car are all safer than public transportation.
- Do I live with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and would be at high risk if I happened to bring the virus home?
- What is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?
Visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits to learn more about assessing the risk level of certain activities.
Practice Social Distancing
Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others. Six feet is about the length of a bicycle of pair of snow skis.
Take Everyday Wellness Actions
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, us an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
Practice Good Hygiene
- Practicing not touching your face. This can greatly reduce the frequency of potential spread. (You can even try a buddy system, where you and a friend remind each other when someone scratches their eyelid or rubs their nose.)
- Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps.
- Build healthy habits like pushing elevator buttons with a knuckle instead of a fingertip.
- Avoid sharing anything, such as e-cigarettes, drinks, etc.
- Increase regular cleaning of frequently-touched items (e.g. doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.)
- Use a cleaning product effective for COVID-19
Wear a Face Covering (Mask)
Cloth masks and face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19. However, they do not provide full protection from transmission and it’s still critical to wash your hands, follow stay-at-home orders and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Learn more at the Colorado Mask Project.
Gather a Few Extra Supplies
- Try to get an extra months’ worth of prescription medications, if possible, in case there are supply chain disruptions.
- Slowly start to stock up on enough non-perishable food to last your household through two weeks of staying at home if there is a wave of transmission in the community.
Take Care of Your Emotional Health
Coping with the feelings related to COVID-19, and getting help when you need it can help you, your family, and your community recover.
Cleaning & Disinfecting Hard Surfaces
There is much to learn about COVID-19. Based on what is currently known, COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets. Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.
Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.