Staying Safe and Healthy
with COVID-19 in Our Lives
We are all safer at home, especially our family and friends who are 65 years and older and anyone with underlying medical conditions who are at higher risk of severe illness. To protect yourself, your family, and our communities we need to stay at home as much as possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But as our communities open up, there are some easy steps we can all take to protect ourselves from getting or spreading COVID-19.
6 Important Ways to Protect Each Other
This is a new virus and we are living with COVID-19 in our lives while learning new ways to prevent the spread and protect each other. These new conditions and situations may result in increased stress, fear, and anxiety. Take time to support yourself as this can be overwhelming and cause emotions. It’s important to take breaks, connect with family and friends, eat healthy meals, drink plenty of water, exercise daily, and get a good night’s sleep.
You can also reach out to the Colorado Crisis Services for free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, 24/7/365. Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.
Cloth Mask Considerations
Wear a cloth face covering when you are in indoor public settings, and in outdoor public settings if you cannot maintain 6 ft. distance from others who do not live in your household. There is a growing body of scientific research that shows the use of cloth face coverings helps prevent the spread of coronavirus droplets, especially from people who are contagious but do not have symptoms.
Remember, it is a good time to be kind. Please do not shame or yell at anyone who is not wearing face coverings. They may have trouble breathing or other medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask that we do not know about. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, hurt or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
Get more tips about how to wear a mask, where to get one and more.
How Does the Virus Spread?
between people who are within 6 feet of each other
through respiratory droplets produced when a person with the infection coughs, sneezes, or talks
when these droplets land in the mouth or nose of a person who is nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the virus spreads:
It may also be possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface that has contaminated droplets on it, then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
When Should I See a Doctor, Go to the ER, or Get Tested?
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, heart attack or another medical emergency should call 911 right away. Emergency departments are open and prepared to care for patients safely during the pandemic. Hospitals are taking extra precautions to keep patients safe. Call 911 or seek medical help for any the following symptoms:
pressure or pain in the chest
a new state of confusion
a blue shade to the lips or face
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it’s best to call your healthcare provider for guidance before going to the emergency department. Separate yourself from others if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. When you call your healthcare provider or local clinic, they will discuss options for testing. You can also get text messages with more information about support available by reporting your symptoms to Colorado's COVID-19 Symptom Support tool. Get more information on the state’s COVID-19 testing webpage.
Stay safe with COVID-19 in our lives
by taking steps such as hand washing, physical distancing, and self-isolating when you are sick to slow the spread and protect each other.
Know the Risks of Everyday Activities
While there is no way to ensure zero risk, you can make your daily activities safer by weighing the risks and choosing safer alternatives. As a general rule of thumb:
If you are already at a greater risk for COVID-19, such as people ages 65 older and those with other health conditions, limit social interactions as much as you can.
Outdoor activities pose less risk than the same activity indoors.
The smaller the group size and the larger the space, the lower the risk.
Spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected.
If an activity doesn’t add significant value to you but does add risk, reconsider.
For all activities:
Stay home when you are sick or if you think you have been exposed.
Wear a mask when in public.
Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and non-household members.
Clean your hands frequently.
Learn more about the risks of daily activities and ways you can have your social, emotional and physical needs met while also preventing COVID-19.