The good news about COVID-19 is that there are simple steps we can take as individuals and as a community to protect one another – and especially to protect the people in our congregation and wider community who are most vulnerable to the virus’ effects.
Easy Things You Can Do Now
- Wash Your Hands! Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. And if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Have fun with this — sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” or the ABC Song as you wash. (We’ll post some UU handwashing songs to our facebook page just to add to the fun!)
- Avoid non-essential travel including plane trips and cruise ships. Many employers are cancelling travel for their employees, and people are postponing vacations, too. Remember: the precautions you take aren’t only for yourself, but will help stem the spread of the illness to other people!
- Evaluate your risk level, and the risk of those around you, and take precautions. The US Centers for Disease Control reminds us that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes:
- Adults age 60+
- People with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
- People with compromised or suppressed immune systems (such as those who are on medications to prevent transplant rejection).
If you, or people among your nearby friends, family, or close neighbors are high-risk, you should take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your (or their) risk of being exposed to the virus. Extra measures include:
- Staying home as much as possible – ask your committee, team or group to offer a way for you to participate via phone or zoom.
- Make practical preparations for sickness or quarantine, including considering ways of getting food brought in through family, social, or commercial networks.
- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and CDC websites have good information about what to do.
For more info, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and CDC websites for additional have good information about what to do.