Prevent the spread of COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

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Healthy people play a critical role in limiting spread

Practicing social distancing isn’t necessarily about protecting yourself;  it’s about protecting the most vulnerable people in our community. We all need to champion social distancing and other healthy behaviors where we live, work, and play.

Creating distance between people slows community spread of COVID-19. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will decrease the daily number of cases and hospitalizations that occur in Colorado. Fewer hospitalized cases at one time are needed to make sure our hospitals have the staff and equipment they need to take care of the sickest people.

We all have a role to play, and we’re all in this together. We urge Coloradans to exercise personal responsibility to protect public health.

Working together we can
  • Reduce the number of people who get COVID-19 before an effective treatment or vaccine is available.
  • Protect those most likely to experience severe symptoms, such as older people and those with serious chronic conditions.
  • Preserve and protect our health care system so they can continue to care for all people in the community.
  • Minimize the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 over the long run. 

Personal prevention

Stay informed with reliable sources of information and share accurate information with neighbors, friends and co-workers, especially people who may have difficulty receiving or understanding the information. 

  • There are effective ways to reduce the risk to yourself and the people you care about.
    • Make or buy a cloth covering that will cover your mouth and nose and use it whenever you are outside your own house or yard. Scarves and bandanas will work as coverings. Wash your face covering frequently
      • Executive Order D 2020 138 is a mandatory statewide mask order in effect now. It requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:
        • When entering or moving within any public indoor space.
        • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.
        • People who do not have to wear a mask include:
          • People who are 10 years old and younger.
          • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
          • Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.
      • Executive Order D 2020 039 orders workers at critical businesses to wear medical or non-medical face coverings that will cover your mouth and nose while at work, except where doing so would inhibit your health, and wear gloves (if gloves are provided by an employer) when in contact with customers or goods. 
    • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
    • Clean high touch surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
  • Be calm and prepared.
  • Considerations and resources for people with access & functional needs 

If you get sick or are around someone who is sick, follow instructions on self-isolation and self-quarantine.

It is important to call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room to prevent the spread of illness. Tell them your symptoms and that you suspect you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or had recent travel to a place that is experiencing community spread.

Preventing community spread

Community spread can mean a few different things.

  • Limited person-to-person spread (or transmission) means a person in Colorado became infected from a known exposure to another person in Colorado.
  • Limited community spread (or transmission) means there are cases and outbreaks in certain communities where people became infected, and we are unable to identify the source.
  • Widespread community spread (or transmission) means there are cases and outbreaks in many communities where people are spreading the virus to other people.

There is known community spread of COVID-19 in many communities in Colorado. Be prepared for the spread of COVID-19 in your community.