Being informed and using best practices as we learn more about the COVID-19 (coronavirus)…
At this time we have all heard about the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus, COVID-19. The US Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated the virus has now arrived in the U.S. and are encouraging us to be prepared in case the virus becomes widespread. They are advising everyone to use an abundance of caution while at the same time, as we face this emerging outbreak, we are also cautioned to separate facts from fear and to guard against panic or overreaction.
At ECM one of our most important roles is helping clients and their families look ahead and to assist them with emergency preparedness. With any new and unprecedented challenges that arise we work even harder to secure our client’s well being and communicating with families. We will continue to follow the best practice approach and particularly the guidance of those informed regarding COVID-19 and other emergencies as they arise.
The CDC is recommending practicing everyday preventative measure to help prevent the spread of this virus and all other respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and dispose of used tissues properly
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Wash your hands often (and properly for at least 20 seconds) with soap and water
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content
- Get a flu shot, regularly