Tips From the CDC
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
> For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing
> For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
> For information on cleaning & disinfecting, see CDC’s Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection Recommendations
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
Learn more at the CDC website.
COVID-19 Hotline- 1-800-722-5725
The COVID-19 hotline is a service operated by the healthcare professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions. Please be patient as we are handling a high volume of calls and want to give everyone the time they deserve, including patients calling with poison emergencies. Please note: COVID-19 is a reportable disease in Kentucky.
COVID-19 Reporting Hotline- 1-833-597-2337
To report concerning actions that could be spreading the virus, please call the number above. Lines are open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET & messages can be left after hours.
Practicing Social Distancing
Tips to Take Care of Your Mental Health
From Governor Andy Beshear: One of the most difficult things about this situation is uncertainty. Uncertainty leads to anxiety. Follow the steps above to maintain your mental health and reduce anxiety. Please seek professional help if needed.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also has a helpful post, Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty. You can click the title or use the link below to access that article. If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can also reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Information on Applying for Unemployment Insurance
The Office of Unemployment Insurance is asking those claiming UI to file on a specific day of the week based on the first letter of your last name to avoid overloading the website.
Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus
With everything going on in the world at the moment, the kiddos may be freaking out because they don’t completely understand what COVID-19 is or why they can’t go to school. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Glen Weiner, Ph.D. shared some tips to help you when talking to your kids about the Coronavirus.
- Be honest, yet only give as much information as necessary. This is not a one-time conversation. Answer every question.
- Validate and normalize anxiety. It makes sense for you to feel anxious right now as this is a new and confusing experience. Talk about what people do to manage their worries.
- Empower them. “You can do things to keep the risk of you getting this very low and keep it from spreading.” “You and I can do some kind things to help other people while this is going on.”
- Share a view that includes normal life going on. “This is a new experience for all of us, so I don’t know for sure, but the way that I am thinking about it now is”: e.g. To prevent the spread the government is keeping large numbers of people from being together at one time. So anywhere there are a lot of people together like school, concerts, and sports events, will be cancelled for a while, perhaps a couple of months, but we don’t know. A lot of people are going to get sick like having the flu and may be sick for a couple of weeks. It is rare for children and teenagers to get this. It is adults and it is older adults and already sick adults that are at the greatest risk. At some point, things will return to normal. You will be back in school, it will be safe for large groups of people to gather again and we will look back on this experience. We will still be ______-(e.g. going swimming this summer, visiting friends, going camping, etc.).
- Limit news exposure.
Other Helpful Information (Click the headline to access the article)
COVID-19- Cabinet for Health and Family Services