With all the confusion and questions on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus, especially as public safety professionals and first responders, here are some recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- WASH YOUR HANDS! Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and after encountering anyone or anything that could be a potential source of the virus. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer.
- Sneeze into your elbow or cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue immediately into the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid handshaking.
- If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home and get tested for the virus.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you have a family member who is sick with flu-like symptoms, get tested for the virus.
- If you or a family member test positive for the virus, notify your supervisor ASAP.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, especially those that are shared items like keyboards, steering wheels, doorknobs, and elevator buttons, etc.
This is a reminder to take our regular everyday precautions and practice these preventative actions to help prevent the spread of disease and for the well-being of you, your family, and your co-workers.
Thank you for the work you do! As first responders, we put ourselves at great risk to protect our community. This is just another obstacle to overcome as we provide the highest level of quality of service as possible to the city of Portland. Stay safe out there and we’ve got your six!