We know this is an unprecedented time, as we all learn to cope with life during coronavirus. Below are some resources we have compiled for our patients and our community based on current public health guidance.
We will do our best to keep this as updated as possible.
If you are looking for Stepping Stone specific COVID policies and procedures, please go here.
Prevention & Staying Healthy
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water. (More details below!)
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Do your best to avoid touching yours eyes, mouth, or nose.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces with cleaning spray or wipes more often. (More details below!)
- Be sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use your inner elbow or a tissue, not your hand.
- Wear a mask or face covering when out in public. (More details below!)
- Practice social distancing whenever possible.
- If you feel sick, stay at home. Avoid close contact with other people.
Tips to Stay Healthy:
- Exercise Regularly
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat healthy meals
- Take deep breathes, stretch and meditate
- Get enough rest
- Virtually connect with other people
- Take breaks from watching the news & social media
- Make time to unwind
Massachusetts Specific Resources
Many people are not aware that you are eligible for COVID testing if you have a known exposure to a positive case, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Typically testing sites require a referral from your PCP. Please see the link below that is a list of Massachuestts testing sites. Keep in mind, to call the site beforehand. You want to be certain you are eligible for testing at their site, inquire about cost, if you need an appointment and if they take insurance.
MA Contact Tracing Collaborative:
If you have been exposed to Covid-19, you may get a call from the MA Contact Tracing Collaborative - this is a public health initiative working to stop the spread of coronavirus in MA.
Find out more here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/learn-about-the-community-tracing-collaborative You can also call them, if you know you have been exposed, at 857-305-2728 - they can assist with resources to help you during quarantine.
Face Coverings & Cleaning Supplies
Face Coverings & Cleaning Supplies
You have all heard at this point about wearing masks/face coverings and cleaning surfaces frequently. We hope these resources may be helpful!
Wear face coverings when in a public setting or when social distance is hard to maintain
Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent droplets from spreading
Children under 2 years old are not recommended to use face coverings
Anyone who has trouble breathing with a mask or is otherwise unable to remove a mask should consult their primary care physician for guidance.
Here is a link to the EPA's list of approved surface disinfectants for killing the virus that causes COVID-19.
CDC Guidance and Basic Information
Common Symptoms: Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle aches
- New loss of taste/smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or Vomiting
When to seek emergency medical attention:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
What to do if you think you have COVID-19:
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Get rest and stay hydrated
- Take over the counter the medicine to feel better
- Stay in touch with your doctor
- Avoid public transportation
If you are caring for someone who is sick:
- Help the person who is sick and follow doctor's instructions
- See if over the counter medicine helps bring down the fever
- Have items sent through a delivery service if possible to their home
- Make sure the person continues to drink lots of water/fluids
- Assist the individual with limiting contact with any family members and pets while they are sick
How to protect yourself when caring for someone who is sick:
- The caregiver, when possible, should not be someone who is higher risk.
- If possible, have the person who is sick stay in their own “sick room” or area and away from others. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from the sick person and wear a mask whenever there is a need to interact.
- Avoiding having visitors especially visitors that are high risk.
- Shared space: If you have to share space, make sure the room has good air flow. Open the window and turn on a fan (if possible) to increase air circulation. Improving ventilation helps remove respiratory droplets from the air. (Additional recommendation not from CDC: You may also consider purchasing an air purifier containing UV-C light.)
- Eat in separate rooms. The person who is sick should eat in their room if possible.
- Wash dishes and utensils in hot water.
- Be sure to wash your hands after handling anything the person who is sick touches.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
- The person who is sick should be wearing a face covering whenever they may be in contact with another person. The face covering helps prevent spreading the virus from a sick person to other people.
- Wear gloves when coming into contact with a sick person's bodily fluids
Quarantine & Isolation
Quarantine & Isolation
Quarantine is used when someone has been exposed to someone else who has COVID-19.
Stay at home for a at least 14 days after your last exposure.
Staying home, monitoring their health and take direction from state/local health departments.
Take your temperature twice a day and keep an eye out for symptoms.
If possible, stay away from others who are considered high risk.
Isolation is used to keep a person who is infected with the virus away from others.
If you are in isolation you should stay home until it is safe to be around others - current recommendations are for isolation to end 10 days after symptom onset or positive test, provided the person has been symptom-free for 3 days without the use of fever-reducing medication. Take direction from your primary care physician and/or state/local health departments.
People should have a separate "sick room" and bathroom if possible.
Keeping the infected person in isolation will help the virus from spreading to others in the home.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces to avoid the spread of the virus.
More information on Quarantine and Isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine-isolation.html
Hand Washing Basics:
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not available, use hand hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands at all times
Key Time to Wash Your Hands:
- Before, After and During preparing food
- Before eating
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before or after treating a wound
- After using the bathroom
- After changing a child's diaper
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food
- After touching garbage