UPDATE: APRIL 2021
Mercer Medicine recommends everyone who is eligible be vaccinated as soon as possible. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations.
What You Should Know:
- Information and knowledge about coronavirus, reported cases, and how to treat it is in a state of constant development.
Following reliable sources (such as those linked above) is of the utmost importance in preventing the spread of rumors and unverified information that could lead to widespread panic.
- The recent virus is from a new coronavirus that had not been found in humans prior to December 2019. It is being referred to by the nickname “COVID-19.”
- As with any virus, certain groups are more at-risk for COVID-19 than others. Whether or not you are part of those groups, it is important to practice hygiene (see below) to help prevent the spread of the virus so that all people, including more at-risk populations, are less likely to contract the virus.
What You Should Do:
- Maintain general hygiene precautions to prevent the spread of any virus, including the flu, which is still very much in season across Georgia and the U.S.
Some steps to take to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Frequently clean and disinfect high touch surfaces with household cleaning spray or wipes. National Management will now be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
- Practice social distancing (avoid shaking hands, maintain a 6 foot distance from individuals who are symptomatic and consider using teleconferencing instead of face-to-face meetings).
- Practice other good health habits, including getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious food.
- Get a flu shot if you haven’t already done so. The flu shot will not protect you from the coronavirus, but for most people in the United States, the risk of getting the flu is currently higher than that of getting coronavirus.
- Do not report to work or go to crowded public areas if you are experiencing symptoms of any sickness.
- Refer to the below info from the CDC and share with others: