What to do if you’re doing fine

  • ALWAYS follow preventative safety measures to stay safe and healthy
  • Stay connected to friends and family (from a distance!)
  • Stay up to date with news and follow all state, local and federal instructions
  • Help others who are not totally fine

First off, thank goodness you’re fine.  But even if you are not feeling ill and no one you know is ill, that doesn’t mean it’s time to get lax with preventative measures. Practicing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings will make a significant difference containing the pandemic. 

Know that many people are healthy, but not OK

This is perhaps the most important piece of perspective to keep in mind while you’re doing fine. Many, many other people are in perfectly good health but not at all “doing fine,” like you.  Many businesses have closed, laying off or furloughing their workers.  Millions have filed for unemployment. While closures may be temporary, these workers are now looking forward to living through a worldwide pandemic without a paycheck. If you can help out someone you know who has lost work or income, please consider doing so.

Why should I take preventative measures if I’m not sick?

Even if you are not presenting symptoms, you could come in contact with someone who is a vector of infection, potentially spreading the virus to others. 

COVID-19 and coronavirus spread by inhalation of water droplets from other people coughing. Maintaining distance from others can prevent viral spread by leaving at least six feet between individuals, as well as avoiding crowded social gatherings. Keeping surfaces clean can also hamper viral spread, as the virus can live on a non-porous surface for up to 72 hours on some surfaces. 

Sources: CDC, New York Times, Harvard Health, The Guardian

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