Wash your hands (and other tips to avoid transmitting coronavirus and other illnesses)

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According to Sheboygan County Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health (DPH), the risk for COVID-19 in the State and in Sheboygan County remains low. Sheboygan County DPH is working closely with the State of WI DHS in conjunction with the CDC to ensure appropriate measures are in place to prepare our community for COVID-19 should we see cases. The Sheboygan area is, on the other hand, experiencing an unusually bad flu season and flu related hospitalization rates are at an all time high. Regardless of whether Sheboygan will be faced with local COVID-19 cases, taking measures to avoid spreading illnesses is extremely important for your health and the health of the community.

According to the CDC, the spread of the flu, COVID-19, and many other illnesses can be greatly reduced by properly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you are unable to wash your hands, sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol are also effective, but to a lesser degree. They recommend you avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and say it is especially important to wash your hands during these key times:

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After using the toilet
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

The CDC also recommends that if you are ill you stay home from work, school, and recreational activities. If you are not ill, avoid close contact with people who may be.

In regards to influenza, the Sheboygan County Health Department also shared that it is not too late to get the flu shot. Contact your local pharmacy, or primary care provider for information on when and how to get a vaccine.

For more CDC guidance regarding COVID-19 please visit the following links.