Protect Yourself and Your Family from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Overview

Consistent with the State's implementation of CDC guidance, masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals. Further, the State's health guidelines continue to be in effect for large-scale indoor event venues, pre-K to grade 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and health care settings per CDC guidelines.

Even when rates of COVID-19 are low and many people at least partially vaccinated, COVID-19 transmission is still possible.  You can help protect yourself and your family by following these steps and encouraging them to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Prevention

Everyone should:

  • Follow all current guidance about mask wearing  and social gatherings
  • Get vaccinated if eligible
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects

 

For people who feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Stay home, away from others.
  • Don’t go to work or school.
  • Talk to a healthcare provider.
  • Get tested for COVID-19.

 

For people who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Talk to your health care provider and stay home in isolation. Stay away from others. You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by notifying your close contacts that they have been exposed.  
  • Talk to your local contact tracer. Contact Tracers work with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to identify people they have had contact with and let them know they may have been exposed to the disease. 

Find additional information on the New York State Contact Tracing Program.

  • If your test result is negative, and your health care provider no longer suspects COVID-19, but you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you need to stay in quarantine for 10 days and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Stay home. Stay away from others. 
  • Keep sick household members away from others, in a separate room, if possible.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.

Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.

Symptoms

Monitor Your Symptoms. Common symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Emergency Warning Signs Include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that doesn’t go away
  • Experience confusion or trouble waking up
  • Bluish lips or face

Call for medical attention immediately.

*This list is not a complete list. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

New York State is partnering with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers as a mental health resource for residents coping with the unprecedented public health crisis. New Yorkers can access a collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home mindful workouts, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety at www.headspace.com/ny.

Call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

 

Get Help Immediately

If you experience significant changes in your energy level, eating patterns, or sleeping patterns, difficulty concentrating on normal tasks, prolonged and overwhelming worry and hopelessness, or thoughts of self-injury or suicide, seek immediate help at
the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1- 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Got5 to 741741.

 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has led many individuals to feeling afraid, anxious and stressed. Here are some tips to help manage your stress and anxiety levels during this uncertain time.

  • Reduce anxiety by reducing risk including practicing good hygiene, and creating a plan in case your regular routine is disrupted.
  • Monitor your anxiety levels.
  • Practice good self-care by exercising, eating healthy foods, practicing mindfulness, sleeping enough at night and going outside when permittable.
  • Virtually reach out to diff erent types of support networks, such as family, friends, colleagues and faith-based communities.
  • Find meaningful tasks and roles within your support network to channel your anxiety.
  • Find or create spaces that are not focused on COVID-19.
  • Savor small positive moments, amplify positive stories, and stay optimistic. 
  • Take an opportunity to practice mindfulness when managing anxiety. Mindfulness tools like grounding exercises, sensory modulation, and deep breathing may be helpful.

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