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DPH COVID-19 Update 10/16/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic provides an important reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy is also one of the simplest -- hand-washing with soap and water.

  • Oct 16, 2020
  • News & Updates

Hand Washing

The COVID-19 pandemic provides an important reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy is also one of the simplest — hand-washing with soap and water. According to the CDC, keeping hands clean can prevent 1 in 5 respiratory infections, including those that cause the common cold or the flu.

Many germs that can make people sick are spread when we don’t wash our hands with soap and clean, running water. That is why hand-washing is so important, especially at key times such as after using the bathroom, when preparing food, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Along with social distancing and mask wearing, washing hands can dramatically reduce the number of young children who get sick and those who may be high risk. Reminding each other to wash hands can:

  • Reduce absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29–57%
  • Reduce diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by about 58%
  • Reduce respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by about 16–21%

Pandemic Awareness

The falls season is here, which means the flu season is here and the holiday season is around the corner. It is now, more than ever, vital to keep protective measures in place to no only protect yourself but those around you as well. Please read and share the following resources:

Beyond masks and social distancing: How to stay healthy and sane during this new surge (while still enjoying fall and winter)

Halloween traditions taking COVID-19 precautions

As the pandemic continues, we recommend avoiding large gatherings. If you plan to attend any gathering or public event, ask organizers to show you their safety measures. Colder weather also means people tend to socialize indoors, where there's less opportunity for viral particles to disperse -- and that increases the risk of coronavirus spread. The CDC has released a transmission article pertaining to the risk of gatherings and physical activity. That article can be found here. ‚Äč