- The CDC recommends that everybody above the age of 2 wears a mask. If the child keeps touching the mask, do not force them to wear it and let them remove it. (Source)
- Explain clearly why they need to wear the mask. Model wearing the mask yourself to normalize it. (Source)
- Clean toys regularly. Plastic toys can be wiped down and cloth toys can go into the laundry. Some items can only be cleaned on the surface. (Source)
- Find childcare in Allegheny County with this website.
- Stay home if you are sick, even if your symptoms are minor or unrelated to coronavirus.
- Limiting exposure to any diseases is good because it keeps public immunity up and medical facilities uncrowded.
- Cough or sneeze into tissues or the crook of your elbow, not your hands. Throw away any used tissues as soon as possible.
- If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as coughing, fever, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Call your doctor, medical clinic, or 911. Do not visit unannounced. Explain your conditions and recent history as clearly as possible so the medical facility can take proper precautions.
- COVID-19 can only be positively identified through a laboratory test because its symptoms are similar to a bad cold or the flu. Pennsylvania currently has 1 testing laboratory available.
- If you or someone you care for tests positive for COVID-19, self-quarantine until medical personnel clear you for the disease. (Source)
- Stay home. Do not leave home unless you are going to a pre-arranged medical appointment.
- Separate the infected person from other people, pets, and shared items as much as possible. Use separate bedrooms and bathrooms if possible.
- Clean all shared and frequently-touched items. Clean any items with bodily fluids on them. Use either soap and water or standard household cleaners.
- Wear a face mask or tell the infected person to wear a face mask if the infected person is sharing a room with anybody, including pets.
- Maintain your hygiene by bathing regularly and washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Source)
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces with household sprays and wipes. Follow normal food safety rules, such as rinsing fruits and vegetables and keeping meats separate from other ingredients.
- Wash your clothes like your normally do unless you have been exposed to a sick person. Use bleach in your wash if necessary.
- Keep food uninfected by washing your hands often, separating meat products from other groceries, cooking ingredients to the correct temperature, and refrigerating/freezing products promptly. (Source)
- Disinfect your phone using 70% rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes. (Source)
- Stay 6 feet away from people who are coughing, spitting, or sneezing. Avoid touching your face, eyes, or mouth.
- Pay using no-contact methods such as debit card, credit card, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
- Look into establishing a “pod” of trusted friends and family members to be around without sacrificing safety. (Source)
- If it’s windy, stay more than 6 feet away from other people if possible. (Source)
- Evaluate news posts before sharing them using the SIFT method: Stop. Investigate the source. Find better coverage. Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original context. (Source)
- Pay attention to any travel advisories or event cancellations and avoid nonessential trips.
- Stay home for 14 days if you have traveled out of the United States.
- Submit your mail-in ballot.
- If you have a disability and have applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot but have not yet voted, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an accessible ballot. (Source)
- The number of in-person polling stations has been dramatically reduced for the June election to limit exposure to COVID-19.
Wear a mask
- If you need to wear a mask, make sure it completely covers your nose and mouth. Take your time putting on the mask so it fits well but isn’t uncomfortable.
- Do not touch the mask until you remove it. Remove it by touching the straps, not by pulling the front of the mask.
- Choose a breathable fabric like cotton to maintain airflow and prevent exhalations from bursting out the sides of the mask. Do not cut holes in the mask.
- Use straps that keep the mask securely against your face but don’t irritate the skin. Try ear savers or ties instead of elastic around the ears if irritation is a problem.
- Prevent your glasses from fogging up by securing the mask as closely to your face as possible with tape or pipe cleaners. Use an anti-fogging product if necessary. (Source)
- Limit the amount of time outside during hot weather or exercising so you don’t overheat or are tempted to remove the mask prematurely. (Source)
- A multi-layered mask is more effective at keeping out particles than a single-layered mask.
- Wearing a layer of nylon stocking over the mask may increase its effectiveness. (Source)
Last update: 5/29/20