To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Wharton County, here are things we ALL MUST do:
• Take this situation very seriously and educate yourself on how the virus spreads.
• Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze – and not with your hand.
• Wash your hands frequently and vigorously for 20-plus seconds with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
• Stay at home and avoid contact with others not in your household – even on Easter.
• Routinely clean and disinfect frequently-touched spaces.
• Seek help if stress is not manageable and use technology to avoid social isolation.
• Wear a mask or cloth covering over your mouth and nose when out for essential goods and services.
• Keep yourself informed and updated.
• Call your medical provider if you’re experiencing a fever, cough or difficulty breathing or have had exposure.
Self-quarantining and social distancing are the best protocols you can follow at this point, especially since the Governor issued a stay at home order for all non-essential Texans and all non-essential businesses to remain closed.
Stay clean, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and disinfect high-traffic areas around your home as often as you can.
The “don’ts” NEEDED to prevent the spread in Wharton County:
• Don’t go out as an entire family. Send one and only one person for essential goods and minimize time in public places.
• Don’t stop cleaning/disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces.
• Don’t panic or ignore signs of anxiety in your household.
• Don’t stop treatment for preexisting medical or mental health conditions.
• Don’t stop educating your kids about self-care and prevention.
• Don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth or face without washing your hands.
• Don’t be in close contact with others. There should be absolutely no play dates, sleepovers, barbecues, seafood boils or social gatherings – even with just the extended family/friends.
• Don’t ignore symptoms or downplay your risk for illness. Contact your medical provider if you have symptoms or exposure.
• Don’t leave your home, especially if sick. Self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days unless seeking emergency medical care or instructed by your medical care provider.
Social Distancing – What You Need to Know
One major coronavirus prevention tactic being encouraged and even enforced is social distancing.
Social distancing is an act of self-isolation to prevent and control the spread of person-to-person contagious and infectious diseases.
The objective is to reduce the probability exposure and minimize disease transmission.
Self-quarantining, whether you have symptoms or not, is key to helping make sure the spread of the disease is contained and ultimately stopped.