By now, we’re all very much aware of the Coronavirus, but what’s not all that clear is what YOU need to do.
First, some perspective: Like the flu, this has the potential to be dangerous to the very young, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, including cancer, chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, or weakened immune systems. With that in mind, hand washing and other precautions should be a part of everyday life.
What should YOU do?
- Get the flu shot — it’s not too late. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands).
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you feel sick, stay home.
- If you have fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of coronavirus, or have been in close contact with someone who has recently traveled to any of those areas, go to your doctor (call first so they can treat you appropriately).
- If you have these symptoms, but no travel history, stay home and call your doctor.
Those with a history of smoking and vaping are more likely to experience serious illness related to COVID-19. For help quitting, call 866-NY-QUITS.
If you have any questions on finding medical care call 311. To get regular updates on the latest developments with coronavirus in New York City text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments.
For the latest information and best practice guidelines, we encourage you to visit DOHMH’s website at:
Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Factsheet
COVID-19: Guidance and Safety Tips
Stop the Spread of Coronavirus Poster
CDC Fact Sheet