Protect Yourself and Others: How You Can Help Promote Utah Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This article about Utah Public Health is sponsored by Healthy In Utah.
Healthy in Utah helps Utahns understand the importance of following local and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and to make sure Utahns are safe. The coronavirus can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected, so it is important to keep the wellness of others in mind even if you do not feel sick. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy during COVID-19.
Wear a Mask
The CDC recommends wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask benefits everyone and should be worn in any public setting. Masks act as a barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.
Your mask should feel secure while wearing it. Make sure your nose and mouth are fully covered, the covering fits on without gaps, and that it feels secure and like it won’t slip once it’s on. A mask that fits right should not interfere with your breathing.
Maintain Physical Distance
A safe physical distance from others is 6 feet apart. Avoid gathering in large groups when possible, especially indoors. Ensure you are leaving plenty of space between yourself and others while waiting in line or shopping.
Stay Home if You’re Sick
It’s crucial to stay home if you’re sick, to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. If you have tested positive for the virus, self-isolate for at least two weeks. Even if you have not tested positive for the virus, quarantining and self-isolation will stop most (but not all) of the spread of COVID-19.
Preventive Care and Wellness Checks
Preventive care helps everyone build strong immunity and maintain health and wellness. Make sure you are up to date on all immunizations and flu shots. With flu season approaching, it is best to have all Utahns get a flu shot, and back-to-school vaccinations are available across the state.
It’s also important to check in on your state of mental wellness. The pandemic has had a drastic impact on mental health for individuals of all ages. Your primary care physician can help with mental health resources. If you or a loved one is suffering, there is help available.
Seek Medical Help in Urgent Situations
You can still receive safe medical care during an emergency. Urgent care facilities and hospitals are open and treating patients. Any Utahn in need of emergency medical care should visit their nearest urgent care or hospital for help.
More Utah Public Health Measures
For more assistance, the Healthy in Utah initiative has a Safe In Utah portion that provides opportunities for businesses to receive funding to supply PPE, implement workplace redesigns, create additional signage, and implement new technology solutions for remote work so businesses can comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines.
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