Tips to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend several basic precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in local communities.
Amid ongoing concerns about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), there is little doubt that we are experiencing unprecedented times in Kentucky and around the world.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus. The virus is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person contact, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby (within approximately 6 feet) or possibly inhaled into the lungs. Older adults or people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
The following information from the CDC’s website can help to prevent the spread of illness among Kentuckians, and consequently, nationwide and worldwide.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Wear a cloth face cover if you have to go out in public (e.g. to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities). Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If you are a Kentuckian with questions about the ongoing pandemic, please call the COVID-19 hotline at (800) 722-5725. This number is operated by the healthcare professionals at the Kentucky Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is also continually updating their website with the latest information available.
At Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, the safety and well-being of Kentuckians is always our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and evaluate additional measures to support our members and communities as needs arise. To learn more about how KFB Insurance is accessible during and responding to coronavirus concerns, click here.