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Prevention Guidelines

The CDC reminds everyone that we are still in the midst of flu season. Even if you have had the flu vaccine, remember to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, such as:

  • Avoid close contact with ill people;
  • Maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus;
    • CDC also advises using a simple cloth face covering to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
    • Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
  • When ill with a respiratory bug, limit your contact with others;
    • When ill with the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours AFTER your fever is gone without the help of a fever-reducer;
      • Exceptions include getting medical care or running errands to get necessities;
    • Frequent hand-washing with soap and water (for a minimum of 20 seconds) – one trick is to sing or hum the “happy birthday song” twice in a row to time your hand-washing (or show your Shark Pride and sing “Baby Shark”!)
      • If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol);
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
    • Remember to “cover your cough” with the bend of your elbow or a tissue (be sure to throw the tissue away);
    • Whenever possible, disinfect commonly touched areas (door knobs, elevator push buttons, computer keyboards and mouse, telephones, etc.)
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