During the outbreak of COVID-19, you might experience panic and worry. It’s important to maintain strong communication and bonds with your support systems. Managing the stress can keep us sane during these chaotic and unpredictable times. Participating in social distancing and maintaining a cleaning routine should reduce the risk of contagion. Avoid large groups of people, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, (Click here to see some ways to sing or hum along while hand-washing), and keep a distance of six feet between you and others.

Why take so much precaution? COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Having a fever, cough and shortness of breath while infected with COVID-19 are the most common symptoms. You may be contagious to others before developing symptoms, which is why limiting exposure is the safest course of action. The virus can lead to a community spread in your neighborhood. A cluster is a group of people who have been infected with the virus in an identifiable area, including those who are asymptomatic.

To relieve some of the feeling of being cooped up you can exercise and enjoy the outdoors in wide open spaces. CT has systems of trails and parks that are truly magnificent in beauty and breadth. See many trail maps here

To take extra precaution here are three tips to protect yourself:

Tip #1- Clean your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds at a time.  After being out in public, immediately wash your hands once you get home.

Tip #2- Carry hand sanitizer with you just in case you do not have access to running water and soap. The hand sanitizer must have at least 70% alcohol in it. 

Tip #3- Wear a mask and gloves when out in public and avoid touching your face. For more information, go to this link: “How to Prepare”.

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