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Publication #FSHN20-4

COVID-19 Preventative Measures: Preparing for an Outbreak in Your Community1

Natalie Seymour, Mary Yavelak, Candice Christian, and Ben Chapman2

This flyer is best viewed as a PDF. It provides general community guidance for COVID-19.

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A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time in your community. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community.

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what the needs of each person will be.

  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications, such as older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions.

  • Get to know your neighbors and talk with them about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it.

  • Identify aid organizations in your community that you can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources.

  • Create an emergency contact list for your household for family, friends, neighbors, health care providers, the local public health department, etc.

  • Practice everyday preventive actions now. This includes avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when you are sick, covering your coughs and sneezes, cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and washing your hands.

  • Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Plan to clean these rooms when someone is sick.

For More Information

Visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

(800) 232-4636

Footnotes

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This document is FSHN20-4, one of a series of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date March 2020. Visit the EDIS website at https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu for the currently supported version of this publication. © NCSU. Used with permission.

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Natalie Seymour, MS, Extension associate; Mary Yavelak, MS, Extension associate; Candice Christian, MPH, Extension associate; and Ben Chapman, professor, food safety specialist; NC State University Extension. UF Contact: Michelle Danyluk, professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, FL | mddanyluk@ufl.edu | (863) 956-8654.


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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.