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Friday, April 3, 2020


GUEST BLOG / By Scottie Andrew, CNN--Life under coronavirus means staying at home as much as possible — but you’ll likely need to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy at some point. Use this tip sheet to make sure you don’t bring the virus back home with you.

Make a game plan
--Designate one person to be your errand-runner to limit your outside exposures
--Set up a disinfecting station — an area outside your home or in a room with low foot traffic where you can disinfect packaged food

When you’re out
--Avoid coming within less than six feet of others
--Wipe handles on carts or baskets while shopping
--You don’t have to have gloves or a mask — just wash your hands frequently while you’re out and avoid touching your face

When you get back
--Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
--Disinfect takeout boxes and packaged foods at your disinfecting station
--Thoroughly wash produce before putting it in your kitchen

--Disinfect everything you touch — doorknobs, light switches, keys, phone, keyboards, remotes, etc.
--Use EPA-approved disinfectants (these include Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and certain Lysol sprays) and leave surfaces wet for 3-5 minutes

--Ask workers to drop deliveries off on your doorstep or an area of your complex
--If they need you to come to the door, keep six feet of distance
--Pay and tip online when possible
--After you pick up mail from your mailbox, wash your hands

--Wash clothes, towels and linens regularly on the warmest setting
--Disinfect your laundry hamper, too, or place a removable liner inside it
--Don’t shake dirty laundry to avoid dispersing the virus in the air

--You shouldn’t allow guests over right now
--If you need to house a family member or friend, avoid shared living spaces as much as you can
--If they need to enter shared living spaces, ask them to keep six feet of distance

If someone in your home gets sick
--First, consult your doctor
--Isolate them in another room and ask them to use a separate restroom
--Disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day
--Avoid sharing items with them
--Wear gloves when washing their laundry
--Continue to wash your hands frequently
--Ask them to wear a face mask if they have one

Supplies you’ll need
--EPA-approved disinfectants
--If you don’t have disinfectants, make a bleach solution:
--Mix four teaspoons bleach per quart of water; or
--Use a 70% alcohol solution
--Laundry detergent
--Trash bags
--Prescription medicines (you can mail order these)
--Canned foods — fruits, veggies, beans
--Dry goods — breads, pastas, nut butters
--Frozen foods — meats, veggies, fruits

--Supervise your pet in your backyard
--It’s OK to play with them outside — just keep your distance from other humans
--If you’re sick, ask someone you live with to take care of them while you recover
--If you must care for them while you’re sick, wash your hands frequently

Note: Recommendations for Covid-19 may change as officials learn more, so monitor your local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updates.  Click here.

--Dr. Leana Wen, former Baltimore City Health Commissioner and an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University in Washington.
--Dr. Koushik Kasanagottu, an internal medicine resident physician at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and who is among the thousands of health care professionals treating patients with coronavirus.
--Dr. Richard Kuhn, a virologist, director of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease and editor-in-chief of the journal “Virology.”
--Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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