In the process of adapting to our new “normal” in phase two of re-opening our town, it’s crucial that we not become lenient with safety. As the reality of the virus becomes commonplace, a conscious effort must be made so we don’t let our guards down.
This month, we’re discussing the ways you can stay safe and healthy in public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cover it up
One of the easiest and most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a mask. The CDC advises everyone to wear a cloth face covering when out in public or around other people.
Read the CDC’s advisory statement:
“We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.”
Washing and replacing your masks is an important measure to take, so it’s a good idea to have a few backups on hand! Follow the directions below to make a mask out of household products.
- Cotton fabric—an old pillowcase, shirt, bandana, etc.
- Two pieces of elastic about 7 inches long or two sturdy hair ties
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- For adult masks, cut two 9” x 6” pieces of cloth, and two 7” x 5” pieces for children’s masks. For ideal thickness, hold your fabric up to the light; there should be little to no light peeking through. If your mask is too thin, cut another piece of cloth and layer them until you can’t see any light.
- Lay your first layer of fabric face down on the side you want showing. Place your rubber bands or elastic at each end and pin. Lay the second piece of fabric over that.
- Fold over the top of the long edge ¼ inch and sew, repeat with the bottom.
- Fold the shorter, side edges in ½ inch, making a little pocket for the elastic or rubber bands to run through, and sew. Tie your elastic to the desired tightness you want behind your ears. And you’re done!
Stay vigilant with these 12 public safety precautions:
- Scrub your hands and wrists with soap and water for 20 seconds frequently
- Don’t go to public places unless it’s necessary
- Use the bathroom at home and avoid public restrooms
- Carry hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes with you
- Touch the least amount of items possible when out
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and keep it on
- Take social distancing seriously and put 6 feet in between you and others
- Don’t touch your face at all
- Stop using your fingertips, use your elbow, feet, or knuckles to press buttons and touch surfaces
- Leave your phone, keys, and wallet in your pocket or purse
- Have patience and be aware of your surroundings
- Stay home and self-isolate if you feel under the weather
If you start showing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to give us a call at 903-898-8000.
Doing Our Part
Healthcare professionals sought out a way to deliver more personalized care in a fast and convenient manner, and the solution was micro-hospitals. Micro-hospitals offer all the capabilities and equipment of a major hospital but feel less like a sterile medical facility, and more like a cozy hotel.
For years, Micro-hospitals and freestanding ERs have been extremely beneficial to the healthcare industry, but they have become crucial since the spread of COVID-19 in America. Micro-hospitals provide a safe environment, away from the possibility of contamination and infection. By utilizing micro-hospitals during this time, you can ensure you and your family receive the medical care you need without putting your health at risk.
Whether you need medical care related to the virus or not, we are here to help. For a complete list of the services we offer, visit our website. Our doors are open 24/7, 365 days a year, and we are committed to the health and safety of our community!
Disclaimer: As a service to our readers, Texarkana Emergency Center and Nutex Health state no content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.