Q: What everyday safety precautions should I take to prevent infection?
A: People with PH and those close to them should continue taking precautions to keep themselves healthy and follow CDC guidelines for those at higher risk:
Stay at home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed. The best way to prevent COVID-19 infection is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus.
Keep space between yourself and others, and stay at least six feet apart from others. Look for physical barriers or visual reminders such as plexiglass screens, markings or arrows on the floor, or chair arrangements to help you keep your distance from others. Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities. It is easier to stay six feet apart from others outdoors, as well as maintain good air flow for virus clearance.
Avoid large crowds or heavy traffic areas.
Limit close contact with other people, especially those who are sick.
Frequently wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when in public and around others outside of your household. Continue to keep six feet between you and others while wearing a face cover. Cloth face covers aren’t a substitute for social distancing. The COVID-19 virus is thought to spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks.
Monitor your health for COVID-19symptoms, and take your temperature if symptoms develop. Stay home if you are sick. Follow CDC guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
The best way to lessen the impact of COVID-19 is to slow the spread of the virus to others. This will ensure the healthcare system doesn’t become overwhelmed. It also will allow researchers time to develop vaccines or treatments for the infection. If you are sick with COVID-19, stay home and away from others until you have no fever for 72 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and for at least seven days since your first symptoms. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.
Remember: The more people you interact with, the closer the contact and the longer the time you interact, the greater your risk of COVID-19 virus infection. Some people might be infected but don’t have symptoms. It’s not known how often people without symptoms transmit the COVID-19 virus to others.