How to Prevent COVID-19 Transmissions

Here's what you can do to help keep yourself, your family, and your community safe and healthy.

Even as we enter the vaccination phase of the pandemic, we must continue all precautions. Public health officials warn that people who are vaccinated should still wear masks and continue to social distance as we wait for the vaccine to reach most of the population.

Wear a mask! Wearing a mask reduces your risk of infection and greatly reduces your risk of passing COVID-19 to others. Since some people who have COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms, it’s important to wear a mask whether you feel healthy or sick.
Stay home if you are coughing or have any other COVID-19 symptoms. Even if you are symptom free, limit your contact to people in your own household as much as possible. If you are planning to meet in-person with someone who is not in your household, make every effort to meet outside and wear masks.
Use a tissue to cover your coughs and sneezes and throw your used tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, turn away from people and cough into your shoulder or your sleeve.
Do not use your hands to cover your coughs and sneezes.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as these are the easiest areas for germs to spread through.
Wash your hands often to avoid getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Wash your hands before you eat. Start by learning the World Health Organization’s six-step handwashing method.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects, like your cell phone, door knobs, reusable beverage containers, and work space using disinfectant wipes or sprays.
Consider buying a digital thermometer so that if you do get a cough or cold, you can more easily monitor yourself at home and share changes in your temperature with our Equitas Health care team.

What about sex?

Download: Sex and COVID-19

Other Tips for Staying Healthy 

The best thing you can do to keep yourself healthy is to follow the hand washing and cleaning instructions above.

You can also keep your immune system strong by

  • taking your medications as directed
  • drinking water
  • getting enough sleep and
  • exercising regularly

A simple walk every day goes a long way in minimizing stress and keeping you healthy.

 

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Remember Self and Community Care

Monitor your mental health, along with that of your family, friends, and clients.  The stress and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the tactics we are all taking to lessen its impact can result in mental health challenges. Follow the guidance on social distancing stay at home orders, but make sure you do what you can to interact with others and get out of the house. Take a walk. Facetime with friends and family. Check in frequently on those living alone. Let people know if you need mental health support. Take care of each other.

Consider HIV/STI Testing Alternatives

You are #Healthworthy! In normal times, that means you participate in regular HIV/STI testing to protect yourself and your sexual partners. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may need to make different decisions to maintain your health, especially if you are at risk for complications resulting from the coronavirus. That might mean delaying your routine HIV/STI check and refreshing your knowledge of safer-sex practices. Some alternatives to in-person testing:

    • Order a free home HIV test kit from ohiv.org.
    • Chat with one of our HIV/STI experts at 1-800-332-2437 or ohiv.org.

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