Mobilizing public health resources and strategies for Lancaster County businesses to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
What you should know
Read an article by Hilda Shirk, PhD, MSW, Retired Lancaster Healthcare Executive, regarding the importance of added focus on public health, especially during this time of COVID-19. This serves as an introduction to the content in this health information hub.
COVID-19 is a new coronavirus disease that is the cause of a worldwide outbreak of highly infectious respiratory illness. Symptoms vary; the disease also linked to blood clots, strokes, lesions and full-body rashes. Some infected individuals show mild symptoms, others none at all. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus and no approved treatment that targets the virus.
The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 which, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, is thought to be spread mainly through human-to-human contact. That means:
- Between people in close proximity (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths and noses of people who are nearby or they can be inhaled into the lungs.
- By people who may or may not be showing symptoms.
Hygiene: Best Practices
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands, including in between fingers, rubbing them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice social distancing between yourself and others outside your home by staying at least 6 feet from others. Do not gather in groups, visit crowded places or attend mass gatherings.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even those inside your home. Try to maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and others in the household.
- The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings, or masks, in public to slow the spread of COVID-19, and to help keep people who may have the virus, but are unaware that they do, from infecting others. Pennsylvania requires that individuals wear masks in essential businesses.
- A face mask is not a replacement for social distancing.
Stay Informed: Resources
- Lancaster County COVID-19 Data & Info Hub https://covid-19-lancastercountypa.hub.arcgis.com/
- Why A Focus On Public Health Matters – by Hilda Shirk https://recoverylancaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Why-Focus-on-Public-Health-Article-by-Hilda-Shirk.pdf
- Building Water System Prep When Returning to Work https://recoverylancaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-PAHAN-507-05-11-ALT-Restarting.pdf
- Public Health Information: The Latest https://www.coronavirus.gov
- Coronavirus: The Facts https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
- Small Businesses, and “Top 10 Tips to Protect Employees’ Health” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-small-business.html
- Pennsylvania: The State of COVID-19 https://www.health.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
- Safe Steps to Work https://www.backtoworksafely.org/