Simple Steps You Can Take to Prevent Illness

Between flu season and the onslaught of news about the Coronavirus, it’s important to stay informed about facts, not fears.

As of March 2, there are no confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-2019 in Ohio. The Delaware General Health District continues to monitor the situation locally, updating their website weekly, and refers often to the CDC. However, it’s important to protect yourself against all kinds of illnesses, including influenza.

Protect yourself—and others—by following these tips:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Don’t go to work, community centers, or other public places when you feel ill. Aside from getting medical care, stay home and rest.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

It’s also not too late to get your flu shot! Walk-in flu clinics are available every Wednesday from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at 3 W. Winter St., Delaware, and every Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 137 State Route 3 in Sunbury. All major pharmacies offer flu shots, as well.

If you do get sick and have questions or concerns, call your health care provider to seek professional advice and coordinate next steps.