At Wellstar, we know many people — especially teens and young adults in their 20s and 30s — may be experiencing ‘COVID fatigue’ after more than a year of the pandemic. However, as COVID-19 cases and new variants of the virus emerge, we must work together to keep the community safe.
During this time, protecting your health means protecting your personal freedom in the future. If you would like to hang out with friends or go on vacation when it’s safe, then it’s important to follow preventative health measures now.
If we all work together now, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and get back to normal activities, safely.
Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick
Use these helpful tips to keep yourself and others in the community safe:
- Stick it to COVID. Get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect your health and help keep your friends and family safe.
- Make masks a priority. Wear a mask or cloth face covering when in close proximity to others. Check mask policies for local businesses before you go, and follow their protocols to protect yourself and others around you.
- Keep your circle small. Although it may be tempting to attend a large gathering with your friends and family, be sure to avoid groups of more than ten people.
- Practice social distancing. Maintain a safe distance of six feet between yourself and others in public. Remember, wearing a mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
- Follow best practices for better health. Practice preventative health measures like frequent hand-washing (for at least 20 seconds) and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Stay social while you stay at home. Connect with friends virtually over the phone or video chat, instead of having an in-person meeting.Avoid drugs and alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), substances can weaken your body’s ability to fight infections such as COVID-19.
- Be smart about your plans. When possible, visit shared spaces during slower times to avoid crowds and limit contact with others.
- Consider postponing unnecessary travel. Taking trips and traveling may put yourself or others at a higher risk of infection.
- Stay home if you feel sick. If you aren’t feeling well, stay home to help keep others in the community healthy. However, if you are experiencing an immediate medical emergency, get help right away.
For more resources and information about how to protect your health during the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 resource page.