COVID-19: Behind the Masks and Numbers
Let’s be honest, we’re all feeling COVID-19 fatigue. It’s easy to get lost in the numbers and stories that constantly pop up in the news. You may feel very strongly about preventive measures or be on the other side of the spectrum, going about your day thinking, “This doesn’t really affect me, I’m going to keep living my life.”
As a healthcare network, we feel responsible to stress how important it is to continue precautionary measures. The fact of the matter is that it’s not just about any one person. Even if you’re someone who is at low risk for long-term effects, it’s about protecting someone’s grandparent, someone’s sister, someone’s friend. It’s about protecting the health system as a whole, so that people who need emergent care have proper access. It’s important to find the balance between living your life and protecting the community, and we encourage you to find middle ground moving forward.
Your actions make a difference – no matter how large or small
Healthcare locations continue to take in patients and are getting near capacity. Please note that it is still so important that you come in for care when you need it, but those who are healthy can do their part outside of the hospital setting.
Right now, this means socially distancing from extended circle and wearing a mask. This is the best way to keep your community safe and protected. We urge you to keep any gatherings small, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick. Limit your gathering to those already in the household and try a virtual call with your loved ones who may be at higher risk. Meal delivery is also an option if you want a little bit of happiness without putting each other's health at risk.
Look beyond the numbers in the news
Refresh your mindset. Since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Indiana, we’ve all kept a close eye on the statistics, including new cases and deaths. There have been daily reminders from various networks, and so many other numbers thrown at you that the data is no longer the real story.
Each number represents a human being. A loved one. Someone you know. Someone you care about. The pandemic takes its toll not just on those who are ill, but also their family members, their caregivers, and the healthcare workers who fight to save our loved ones.
Protect yourself, your family and your community
Yes, we’ll say it again: Please continue to take precautions each day. There are so many ways to stay in touch with the people you care about like virtual calls, virtual book club, group chats, virtual games, care package delivery, handwritten letters, and more.
Be sure to follow these tips to stay healthy and prevent potential spread of the coronavirus, and we’ll get through this together.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- If you do not have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Wear a mask when out in public, or if you are around others.
- Keep at least 6 feet between you and anyone who exhibits symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, as well as other individuals you don’t reside with. Many are asymptomatic.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching surfaces or being out in public (such as grocery shopping or picking up a prescription).
- Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. Use a tissue and throw away or use your elbow.
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces and items like your phone, countertops, doorknobs, remotes, refrigerator handles, keyboards, toilets and sink handles daily.
- Please stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms. Yes, it could be a cold, but please err on the side of caution.
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