Catalina Island Medical Center

How can I reduce my risk of contracting COVID-19?

Last Updated: March 18, 2020

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The CIMC recommends the following precautions to reduce risk of COVID-19

  • Observe deep social distancing and isolation.
    • Avoid crowds and large gatherings, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Take everyday precautionsto keep space between yourself and others (ideally 6+ feet).
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Stay home unless you need to acquire food or medication in order to reduce your risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
    • California Governor Gavin Newsom has called for home isolation of everyone in the state age 65 and older, and people with chronic disease, both high-risk populations. If you fall in this population, it is recommended you designate someone in your household to help you acquire food and medication during this time.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
    • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something. Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face (nose, eyes and mouth). This is not easy to do. The average person will touch their face about 20 times each hour. Your eyes, nose and mouth are primary access points for viruses.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).
  • Avoid all non-essential travel.
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