5 Key Behaviors

 

 
Physical Distancing

Keep at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others.

 

Why? COVID-19 (and other respiratory viruses) are spread through respiratory droplets. The closer we are to one another, the easier it is for these droplets to spread from person to person. Physical distancing helps reduce the viral load by increasing the amount of space between two people and allowing more of the droplets to disperse into the air. Masking helps reduce the amount of droplets that spread from the mask wearer. Distancing + Masking = More Reduction in Spread.

 

Science says...

Chu DK, Akl EA, Duda S, et al. Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysisLancet. 2020;395(10242):1973-1987. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31142-9

Siedner MJ, Harling G, Reynolds Z, et al. Social distancing to slow the US COVID-19 epidemic: Longitudinal pretest-posttest comparison group study. PLoS Med. 2020;17(8):e1003244. Published 2020 Aug 11. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1003244

 

 

Avoid Gatherings

Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

Do not gather in groups, meetings, or events above the size indicated in the latest public health guidance.

Together we can slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

Why? The more people we have in one space, the higher the amount of respiratory droplets (possibly containing the virus) there are in the air. Also, it is more difficult to distance when more people are in one space, especially an enclosed space. 

 

Science says...

Islam N, Sharp SJ, Chowell G, et al. Physical distancing interventions and incidence of coronavirus disease 2019: natural experiment in 149 countriesBMJ. 2020;370:m2743. Published 2020 Jul 15. doi:10.1136/bmj.m2743

 

 

Cloth Face Coverings

When outside your living quarters, the wearing of cloth face coverings (masks) over your mouth and nose by all individuals is required.

My face covering protects YOU; your face covering protects ME.

 

Why? COVID-19 (and other respiratory viruses) are spread through respiratory droplets. The closer we are to one another, the easier it is for these droplets to spread from person to person. Physical distancing helps reduce the viral load by increasing the amount of space between two people and allowing more of the droplets to disperse into the air. Masking helps reduce the amount of droplets that spread from the mask wearer. Distancing + Masking = More Reduction in Spread.

 

Science says...

Chu DK, Akl EA, Duda S, et al. Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysisLancet. 2020;395(10242):1973-1987. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31142-9

Matuschek C, Moll F, Fangerau H, et al. Face masks: benefits and risks during the COVID-19 crisis. Eur J Med Res. 2020;25(1):32. Published 2020 Aug 12. doi:10.1186/s40001-020-00430-5

Sommerstein R, Fux CA, Vuichard-Gysin D, et al. Risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission by aerosols, the rational use of masks, and protection of healthcare workers from COVID-19. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2020;9(1):100. Published 2020 Jul 6. doi:10.1186/s13756-020-00763-0

 

 

Proper Handwashing

Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds helps to remove the virus from your hands. If soap and water is not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.

 

Why? Handwashing removes potentially harmful bacteria and viruses from your hands. This is important for containing the spread of many infectious diseases, including COVID-19, because it helps reduce the amount of potentially harmful microbes that you picked up when touching objects that have been touched by other people.

 

Science says...

Wang Y, Tian H, Zhang L, et al. Reduction of secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in households by face mask use, disinfection and social distancing: a cohort study in Beijing, ChinaBMJ Glob Health. 2020;5(5):e002794. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002794

Haque M. Handwashing in averting infectious diseases: Relevance to COVID-19. J Popul Ther Clin Pharmacol. 2020;27(S Pt 1):e37-e52. Published 2020 Jul 12. doi:10.15586/jptcp.v27SP1.711

 

 

Stay Home if Sick or Instructed to Isolate/Quarantine

Stay home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, have a fever, or if you know you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Refer to CSU COVID Recovery website for additional details and guidance.

 

Why? If you are sick, you may have an increased ability to transmit viral particles (this is called shedding). To help contain the spread, it will also be helpful for you to refrain from interacting with other people to assist with contact tracing efforts. It is also important that you do not expose yourself to other pathogens that could affect your compromised health. 

 

Science says...

Santarpia JL, Rivera DN, Herrera VL, et al. Aerosol and surface contamination of SARS-CoV-2 observed in quarantine and isolation care [published correction appears in Sci Rep. 2020 Aug 12;10(1):13892]. Sci Rep. 2020;10(1):12732. Published 2020 Jul 29. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-69286-3

Li YH, Fan YZ, Jiang L, Wang HB. Aerosol and environmental surface monitoring for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a designated hospital for severe COVID-19 patientsEpidemiol Infect. 2020;148:e154. Published 2020 Jul 14. doi:10.1017/S0950268820001570

 

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