As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the health and wellness of our clients and caregivers remains our top priority. Griswold Home Care offices are continuing to take every precaution to keep clients, caregivers, and staff safe and healthy.
In a previous blog post, we outlined the steps we’ve taken to ensure the safety of our clients and caregivers. We are closely monitoring both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) websites, as well as state and local government departments for live and up-to-date guidance and the newest knowledge related to COVID-19.
As a reminder, there are several everyday preventative actions we should all take to avoid possible exposure to or spread of the virus:
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Put distance between yourself and other people.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
We know that the current situation has resulted in many adults now working from home while attempting to monitor their children’s schooling as well as help their aging parents. Juggling all of these can be stressful, especially given the uncertainty around when this crisis will be over. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, and we want to do what we can to help. Our offices are still open, and we’re here to help you navigate this new normal.
Please Note: This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Griswold International, LLC relies on guidance provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please visit the CDC website often to stay informed.