Safety tips from Dr. Neumann
A Message from Dr. Iliana Neumann with Family Health Center
May 29, 2020
From Waco Strategic Communications Workgroup (led my Counsel Member Hector Sabido and Natalie Kelinske of Waco Foundation):
Central Texas has done a great job as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, the virus is still a threat, so we’ve listed some preventive measures below to help manage the risks of contracting COVID-19.
- Virtual and drive by celebrations are still the best.
- If you are celebrating in-person, the recommendation is to maintain a group size less than 10.
- Outside is preferable.
- Use disposable single use utensils.
- Stay 6 feet apart and use face coverings.
- Consider having a face covering contest in your small group to see who has the most creative mask.
- Air hugs and elbow bumps are preferable to hand shakes and other contact.
- Have hand sanitizer available.
- Soap and water is also great.
- Wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs and table tops.
- Non-contact is preferable (baseball over basketball).
- Pools are okay, but limit the number of people in the pool and maintain physical distance.
- There are no current restrictions, but it’s important to weigh risks.
- Travel in your personal car may be safer than plane or bus in terms of contact with others.
- Pack healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, protein bars and water, so you don’t have to stop at convenient stores frequently.
- Travel with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
- Consider travel to areas that are less crowded.
- If traveling to a relative’s house, consider camping in the backyard if possible to avoid overcrowding.
- If you need to stop at restaurants, call ahead to avoid peak hours.
- Whatever activities you engage in, consider the people in your circle. If someone in your household is older or has underlying health conditions, remember that whatever you are exposed to you bring back home. You may want to consider self-quarantine for two weeks to protect your loved ones if you feel you were at higher risk of exposure.
We are all in this together! Stay safe.