Coronavirus Information You Can Use
Windward Life Care is committed to helping our clients and the larger community avoid the negative effects of coronavirus. We recognize that the individuals we serve are the most vulnerable right now. Those of us who come into contact with older and disabled adults must take steps to protect them and ourselves.
This information is meant to help our employees, clients & their families, and our other constituents to have access to helpful, current information about protecting themselves from COVID-19 (coronavirus).
How is coronavirus affecting San Diego County?
It is very important as people’s anxiety level is heightened and rumors can spread that you regularly check reliable sources for accurate and updated information. For current information on the spread of coronavirus in San Diego County and recommendations from local public health officials, check the San Diego County Department of Public Health website. The situation with the virus is changing daily so it is advisable to check this site regularly.
Where can I find updates on the spread of coronavirus nationally, and advice for other steps I can take to protect myself, my family, and those I care for?
The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are other reliable sources of information. These websites will include updates on the availability of testing for COVID-19 as this situation evolves. They will also have information related to travel restrictions and other measures that the state and federal governments might take to contain the spread of the virus.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Patients infected with the COVID-19 virus have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms that include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Visit this link for the most current symptom information from the CDC.
What steps are most effective in reducing the spread of the virus?
The coronavirus is thought to be spread from person to person through close contact and/or respiratory droplets. Experts advise the most important step you can take is to wash your hands often and thoroughly. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is most critical after you are in a public place, and after you sneeze or cough. A hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is the next best option if soap and water are unavailable. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub until they are dry.
In addition, you should make sure to avoid other people if you (or they) are sick, and always sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth. It is also important that you clean surfaces in your home and workplace regularly with cleaning supplies that kill coronavirus. Do not go to work if you are sick, especially if you work with older adults or those who have underlying medical conditions or suppressed immune systems.
I am an older adult. What can I do to protect myself?
The Centers for Disease control recommend these steps for older adults and people with underlying medical conditions (like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) who appear to be most vulnerable to the virus. The steps include: ensuring you have medication and other supplies; frequent handwashing; avoiding non-essential air travel and cruise travel; avoiding people who are showing signs of respiratory illness; and staying away from crowds (social distancing). This video from the County of San Diego Department of Public Health explains how to protect yourself:
I am worried I might be sick. What should I do?
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that we all watch for symptoms and warning signs of coronavirus including, fever, cough, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, shortness of breath, and/or bluish lips and face. If you feel like you are developing any symptoms you are concerned about, call your doctor. Call your healthcare provider early on if you are someone with chronic health conditions; do not wait for things to worsen. Be sure to call before heading to the doctor’s office or emergency department as they may advise you to remain at home. If you feel your symptoms are serious or life-threatening, call 911.
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE LINKS
The Center for Disease Control
Symptoms of coronavirus
World Health Organization
Cleaning surfaces in your home
Cleaning supplies that kill coronavirus
Washing your hands fact sheet
Steps for older adults and those with underlying medical conditions
How to protect yourself and others
If you are sick or caring for someone who is sick
County of San Diego: How to manage your mental health and coping during COVID-19
CDC: Mental health and coping during COVID-19
UCSF: Resources to Support Your Mental Health