We each play a role in ending the COVID-19 pandemic, whether you are a first responder or healthcare worker; a grocery store clerk; or a work-at-home parent who is suddenly also a teacher. To get beyond the pandemic, we each have to participate. Here are some simple steps you and your family members can take:
1. When it’s your turn, get the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s a two-step process, so when you receive your first dose write down which vaccine you received and the date. This will help ensure you receive the correct second dose, at the right time.
2. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, stay home! It is important for you to stay away from all other individuals who have tested negative for the full length of time required by your doctor or the public health authorities, which is usually at least 10 days but can be longer. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. The CDC also recommends using a separate bedroom and bathroom, and carefully washing your hands frequently.
3. Know the emergency symptoms and when you need to, go to the hospital. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home without medical treatment. However, seek medical care immediately if you experience:
- Trouble breathing or shortness of breath.
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
- New confusion.
- Inability to wake or stay awake.
- Bluish lips or face.
- Any other conditions for which your doctor advises you to seek care.
Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Let any first responders know if you tested positive for COVID-19 and wear a mask before coming in contact with anyone.
4. And of course, mask-up Arizona! It is still critically important to wear a mask when in public or in close proximity to others who don’t live in your household. Even after you’ve had the vaccine, you need to wear a mask. Physically distancing at least six feet is also recommended when interacting with others.
If we all follow these steps, we’ll be able to beat this pandemic together. We each play an important part in recovery. Join us in helping make Arizona a healthier place!
Have more questions? Check out the CDC’s guidelines here.