Staying Safe at Home, at Work, and in Public

SOCIAL DISTANCING: PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

Keep Your Distance:  You could be infected and not know it.  Other people could be infected and have no symptoms.

 
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Stay home as much as you can. If you need groceries, only 1 person should go. 

2 people 6' apartIf you must go out - wear a face mask
 ♦ Don't gather in groups
 ♦ Stay 6' away from others
 ♦ Don't shake hands or hug

 


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And make sure you wash your hands frequently.

Why is Social Distancing so important?

The COVID-19 virus appears to be very contagious, and seems to be spread in several ways:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • By inhaling droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • By inhaling aerosolized virus that may hang in the air.
  • By touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face, mouth or nose.

Even people who don't feel sick and have no symptoms can be infected and spread the virus.

You may not be worried about the virus (although you should be — even young, healthy people can get very sick; some end up in the ICU).
But if you get infected, you could easily infect someone who is older, or not healthy, just by going to the grocery store, or passing them on the sidewalk.

More Information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Other Ways to Stay Safe From the CDC:

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