Message from Ontario County
This is not a joke or something you should dismiss as a media-created hysteria. Take note of the unprecedented actions being taken by the County, State, and Federal Governments and follow the directives for the sake of your co-workers, your family, your friends, and your community. Show respect for those you live and work with by exercising these directives.
What Is “Social Distancing”?
A few weeks ago, no one ever heard of the term “social distancing” and now everyone should not only know it, but be practicing it. But what exactly is it?
It comes down to this:
Keep a distance between yourself and other people – experts recommend 6 feet, even in the workplace. Avoid crowds and busy public places.
The goal of social distancing is to prevent the spread of a disease for which there are not yet any antibodies or effective treatments. While young, healthy people may not be as susceptible or at as much risk, they can be carriers of illness. Social distancing helps protect our own health, but also protects the most vulnerable people in our lives – people with diabetes, heart conditions, asthma and other health conditions, and people over the age of 60. It’s also important to keep our healthcare workers and systems from being overwhelmed.
Follow the Guidelines
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is your single greatest defense against coronavirus and many other illnesses.
- Wash your hands when you arrive at work or at home and repeat several times a day, particularly before eating or handling food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stop handshaking. Use other non-contact methods of greeting. Keep a 6 foot distance between you and anyone with whom you are speaking
- Use gloves, a tissue or a sleeve to press elevator buttons, to hold handrails or to use shared work resources like copiers and file drawers. (Then put it in the trash)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Share electronic documents rather than paper ones.
- Limit food sharing. Do not share cups, plates, or utensils.
- Follow the advice from state and local public health officials.
- Should you or a loved one feel sick, call Telemedicine before going to a Doctor, clinic or hospital.
To deal with stress, increase activities that calm you: Meditating or praying. Exercising. Reading. Watching movies. Engaging in home hobbies. Talking to a friend or loved one on the phone or writing letters. Limit exposure to news, particularly if it distresses you. Remember, if you are anxious or stressed and need to talk to someone, you have access to counselors 24/7/365 at 800.252.4555. You also have thousands of resources on health, stress, anxiety, family matters, money matters, debt and more by logging in to www.theEAP.com/TotalCare-EAP.