Coronavirus and the Shelter-In-Place Mandate

Coronavirus and the Shelter-In-Place Mandate

Coronavirus Has Affected Us All

We’re living in unprecedented times, that much is sure. With the worldwide coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic reaching us here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there is certainly someone you know affected, directly or indirectly, by the outbreak. In fact, the very idea that this virus is so prevalent has made countless cities and states implement the “shelter-in-place mandates” where you are supposed to stay home, except for essential trips, in order to keep you and your family from either getting or spreading the illness.

What Does the CDC Say to Do?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website recommends that we:

Get Inside, Stay Inside

If local officials tell you to “stay put,” act quickly. Listen carefully to local radio or television stations for instructions, because the exact directions will depend on the emergency situation. In general you should:

Get inside. Bring your loved ones, your emergency supplies, and when possible, your pets,
Find a safe spot in this location. The exact spot will depend on the type of emergency,
Stay put in this location until officials say that it is safe to leave.

This is sound advice since the coronavirus seems to spread easily, and being away from others and practicing “social distancing” is beneficial for everyone.

How to Prep Your Home to Stop the Coronavirus

The CDC also has a few recommendations for disinfecting your household surfaces during this pandemic.

  • Use diluted household bleach solutions if appropriate for the surface. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.
  • Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.

The above list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s the broad strokes of keeping your home’s surfaces clean and free from the possibility of holding or spreading the coronavirus.

For more CDC suggestions for protecting your home during this pandemic, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-home.html.

The Pegasus Spine & Joint Institute team would like to remind you to stay safe, stay home, and stay informed about all the latest news regarding the coronavirus.

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