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Everyday Tips

Scheduling routine health care.

COVID-19 may have changed the way we get health care. Since May 1, some routine health services like dental check-ups and well-child visits may be available again so you can get the services you need. Here are some tips if you’re thinking about scheduling care:

  1. Call first to see what services are available.
  2. To keep everyone healthy, you might be asked to wait in your car or wear a mask.
  3. Consider talking on the phone or video chat instead of going to the office — this kind of visit is called telehealth and is covered by OHP and many health insurance plans.

Caregiving at home.

If you’re caring for someone at higher risk of getting very sick from
COVID-19 (such as an older adult or someone with existing medical conditions) there are steps you can take to keep you both healthy.

  • Ask their health care provider for extra medicine and keep extra supplies, over-the-counter medicine and non-perishable foods on hand.
  • Keep your environment clean by disinfecting objects you touch often, like doorknobs, light switches and countertops.
  • In case you get sick, have a back-up caregiver and make a list of emergency contacts.
  • Monitor their health and pay extra attention for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If they show signs of COVID-19, contact their health care provider, wear a mask and disposable gloves and stay as far away as possible while still giving care.

Learn how to stay safe by creating a bubble.

Your bubble includes everyone you live with and everyone you spend time with outside of your house. Keep your bubble small so you can keep track of everyone in it. If someone in your bubble gets sick, you’ll know if you or anyone else in your bubble has been exposed and needs to get care. By limiting your bubble to the same small number of people, you can lower your risk for COVID-19 and the risk of exposing others.

Be prepared by creating a plan.

Help your household stay safe by creating a plan that includes these steps:

  • Make sure everyone has a face covering they can use when they leave the house.
  • Assign one person to go to the grocery store no more than once per week.
  • Disinfect surfaces that are used often — like door knobs, car doors, steering wheels, and phones.
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and the phone number of a doctor or community health worker you can call if someone gets sick. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211.
  • Have a plan so that if someone at home gets sick, they can be as separated as possible from others.

Watch for Symptoms of COVID-19

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Or at least two of these symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of ability to smell

The do’s and don’ts of wearing a face mask.

  • DO wear a cloth face covering in public to help protect people around you. If you have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you can still infect others around you.
  • DO wear a face covering at home if you have symptoms or are taking care of a person who might be sick.
  • DO make a cloth face covering at home from household items or common materials at low cost.
  • DO make sure your face covering covers both your nose and mouth, fits snugly enough to stay secure but still allows you to breathe.
  • DO wash your cloth face covering every day or after each use, with warm water and soap. If it is single-use, dispose as soon as it is damp.
  • DO continue to maintain six-feet of space from other people and wash your hands frequently
  • DON’T use cloth face coverings on children younger than 2 years of age or anyone who has trouble breathing.
  • DON'T touch your face while wearing a face covering.

Ways to stay safe when you leave the house.

Not everyone who has COVID-19 shows symptoms. That’s why it’s important that you do these things every time you leave the house: wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, and keep six feet apart from other people. This helps prevent the virus from spreading to people who are more at risk — like older adults, those who are pregnant, and anyone who has existing health issues.

It might be hard at first to find new ways to greet friends or people you run into at the store, but it will get easier. This is how we help protect each other.

Protect your friends and family.

Waves and smiles can’t replace hugs and handshakes, but there are other ways you can show you care.

  • Teach grandma how to use a video chat app, check-in over the phone, or write a letter.
  • If you’re dropping off groceries to a relative, say hi through the door or window but don’t go inside.
  • Make sure your loved ones wash their hands each time they come home.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces in your house that are touched a lot, like doorknobs and countertops.