Covid-19 basics

More information at:
https://mn.gov/covid19/
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
and additional sources

  • keep drinking water fountains and other water fixtures in proper working order- if they have been not used for a while they may need to be flushed by keeping water running
  • frequently with soap and water
  • Keep at least 6 to 12 foot distance from other people when possible. wearing masks is not a substitute for this.
  • Stay at home when sick(not meaning stuck there inside but distancing from others, doing what is neccessary)
  • avoid unnecessary travel and avoid large groups
  • cover your cough/sneeze - wash hands
  • keep drinking water fountains in working order

  • Don't touch your face, since that moves germs in your hands go to your face
  • masks highly recommended, and required in State of Minnesota, many localities, and many businesses in public indoor settings and close settings outside .
  • Minnesota Department of Health face covering requirements and recommendations
  • This is highly recommended and required This is suggested since some since some people may not have symptoms and can still spread. It is for the person wearing the mask not to spread to others. Wear protective gear (PPE) when necessary including masks and gloves
  • people with breathing trouble, or other health problems caused by wearing it, or under age 2 should not wear masks. People over age of 2 that have health trouble with wearing should try a suitable substitute such a face shield or additional distancing
  • If wearing cloth masks be sure to keep it clean/laundered as germs are likely to build up on it.
  • Medical Problems/needs: When possible call first or use telemedicine/ online visits when being treated for anything that isn't an emergency/urgent
  • Do whatever you can distanced from others online- classes, work, virtual support groups if these help you, video/online religious services if this is suitable for you, etc.
  • Remember basic things to stay healthy-
    • Stay hydrated - drinking enough water
    • eat healthy foods
    • get plenty of rest/sleep
    • get exercise and fresh air
    • exercising every day -- walking, running, or biking can help build lung capacity
    • Don't be sedentary. Sitting or laying in place too long can cause blood clots. Most people have stopped sitting in cars or planes so this solves one problem. Avoid sitting too long doing distance learning, telecommuting, watching tv and avoid laying too long recovering from an illness. Blood clots are associated with people ill from the coronavirus.
    • avoid drinking alcohol since this will make you dehydrated and make it harder for your body to fight off infections
    • avoid smoking and avoid vaping since it will make you and others more susceptible to getting ill.
    • good oral hygiene- brushing teeth and flossing and rinsing
    • stay up to date with (all necessary(MMR for children,tetinus,influenza,etc)) vaccinations for other illnesses and wellness checks including for children. Also keep up to date with checkups and (all necessary) vaccinations for pets and animals

      Update: Due to shortages coronavirus vaccine may take a while to distribute
      Vaccine is in phase 1a stage in Minnesota availability depending on location availability (Jan 23 2021)
      https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/index.jsp
    • Keep things clean and sanitary -clean surfaces, wash dishes, rinse and take out recycling, take out garbage (This does NOT mean leaving big items that you have been waiting to get rid of at the curb), wash clothes, shower/bathe(this is not a substitute for frequent hand washing)

More information at:
https://mn.gov/covid19/
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
originally published March 30 2020. Updated Jan 17 2021