COVID-19: How to stay healthy
With coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) now confirmed in Minnesota, it’s a good time to review ways you can protect yourself from sickness and the stress that comes with uncertainty.
As you follow the news, remember the best methods of preventing respiratory infections are simple: stay home when you’re sick, cover your cough, wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Taking these steps can help reduce stress and the chances that you or your loved ones will get sick.
“Living through the threat of a pandemic can cause feelings of anxiety,” Assistant Public Health Administrator Nick Kelley said. “It’s critical to take care of your health during this time, which includes paying attention to your stress levels and mental health.”
To help keep you healthy, MDH recommends maintaining your usual day-to-day activities and routine where possible. Eat healthy foods, stay hydrated, exercise and get plenty of sleep. Find more stress reduction tips on page 2.
As City employees, you may have questions about best practices for keeping safe. Employees should not wear masks to work, unless they are needed to perform regular job duties. The Center for Disease Control does not recommend wearing face masks to protect yourself from disease. Instead, routinely wash your hands and clean frequently touched surfaces such as countertops, doorknobs and workstations. Reconsider shaking hands as a greeting. Instead, you could trade a fist, elbow or foot bump.
Emergency Preparedness staff have been working with Communications and IT on a CityBIZ page to answer frequently asked questions about COVID-19. To view the CityBIZ page, visit blm.mn/covid. Have questions? Email coronavirus@BloomingtonMN.gov. Public Health staff will review emails daily and coordinate responses. The most common questions will be added to the CityBIZ FAQ list.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness staff continue to closely monitor the situation. They are actively working with the City’s leadership team to update infectious disease emergency operation plans.
Visit blm.mn/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information from MDH.