Be Aware Of The Risks
New information regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is emerging every day. The CDC is doing their best to keep people as informed as possible. Pay attention to updates and react accordingly.
Here at Mastertech, we are very aware of the risks involving the recent outbreak of COVID-19. As of right now, there is no vaccine to prevent or cure COVID-19. What we do know is that the virus is being spread mainly from person to person. Do your best to keep at least 6 feet between you and another person. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets produced through the coughing or sneezing of an infected individual. If you are within close enough proximity, these droplets can end up infecting you as well. It is not an airborne virus. The best way to prevent yourself from becoming sick is to avoid public spaces as much as you possibly can. Groups larger than 50 people are at a greater risk. This means that during this time, people will have to consider cancelling plans. As irritating and inconvenient as this may seem, it is much better than getting sick.
Symptoms of COVID-19 that we are aware of at this time include fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, and dry cough. Signs that you are in need of immediate medical attention include difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or discomfort, discoloration in the face and lips, or lack of motor skills and awareness. However, these symptoms are not all inclusive. If you are concerned about other severe symptoms you may not be sure of, consult your medical provider as soon as possible.
Keeping You & Your Loved Ones Safe
While you should be practicing proper sanitation and hygiene regularly, you can’t be too safe in times like these.
Sanitary & Hygienic Precautions:
•Wash your hands often, especially in public areas, or after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. At least 20 seconds of thorough scrubbing should do the trick.
•You may find yourself in a situation where soap and water are not readily available. If that is the case, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will suffice.
•Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, & mouth) with unwashed hands.
•Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have tissues readily available, you can use the inside of your elbow. Throw all used tissues in the trash.
•Frequently touched surfaces should be regularly cleaned. This includes tables & countertops, cabinets, doorknobs, chairs, remotes, toilets, and lightswitches. A regular household cleaning agent should suffice.
•Stay home if you are sick, except for medical care if necessary. You should wear a face mask while in close proximity to other people, like in a car or in the same room, or when entering a healthcare facility. If you are unable to wear a face mask, just do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes. Be conscious of those around you.
•Avoid close contact with those who are sick, or seem like they may be getting sick. Keep in mind that COVID-19 can remain dormant for up to 14 days before someone begins displaying symptoms.
•Stay home as much as you can. Not only are you keeping yourself safe, but others as well. This is especially important for those who are above the age of 60, immunocompromised individuals, and young children.
In the event that you or someone within your home ends up getting sick, assign a designated quarantine area. The infected person should have their own room and, if possible, their own bathroom away from those who are healthy. This area should be kept as clean as possible at all times. If a separate bathroom is not available, the bathroom should be disinfected after each use by the infected person, within reason. Provide cleaning products for the infected person to use, so long as they are able to do so. Continue enforcing general hygiene and social distancing techniques. With the use of common sense and proper precautions, we as a community can lessen the spread of COVID-19.