Keeping our community safe and strong during the coronavirus crisis remains a priority of the City of Desert Hot Springs. How can you help? The Riverside County Public Health Department has identified five essential actions for good citizens to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
1. Social Distancing
We'd never even heard this phrase six months ago, but now social distancing has become the norm. Current recommendations suggest staying at least six feet away from people who are not part of your household. Avoid shaking hands or making high fives whenever possible, and avoid crowded spaces and gatherings. Family and social gatherings are not a good idea, either.
2. Face Coverings
Masks are a controversial topic, but the State has required that all Californians wear a cloth face covering when outside of the home or in contact with individuals that do not live in your home.
3. Hand Washing
This one goes back to kindergarten! Riverside County recommends that you wash your hands with soap and water for thirty seconds to help remove viral particles from your hands. Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can neutralize any remaining virus, and is a good option when soap and water are not available. Wash your hands regularly throughout your day.
4. Disinfecting Surfaces
You should regularly disinfect any surfaces that are touched a lot. Use soap and water and/or EPA-registered household disinfectants. Those include bleach, and cleaners containing at least 70% alcohol.
5. Stay Home!
If you are sick, you definitely need to stay at home. Even if you don't feel sick, you must isolate or quarantine when asked to by a medical or public health professional. Do everything you can to limit your contact with people outside of the home until you are advised that it's safe to leave home again.
There are some special considerations for high-risk individuals. According to the County, high-risk individuals are people over 65 years of age, or those with serious underlying health conditions. Those conditions include high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and immune system issues. People in this category should stay inside as much as possible, and wear a face mask and practice social distancing if leaving the home is necessary.
To read the full County guidelines, click HERE.