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Here's what you can do to reduce your risk to COVID-19

General Community Quarantine starts today in Metro Manila, Philippines. Here are the steps that you can take to reduce your risk to COVID-19:

1. Stay home if possible.
2. Wash your hands often.
3. Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths).
4. Keep away from people who are sick.
5. Stock up on supplies.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
7. Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
8. Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.

Have a plan for if you get sick

1. Know how to stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, and community health workers if you become sick.
2. Determine who can care for you if your caregiver gets sick. 
3. Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
4. If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
5. Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
6. Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home.
7. Consider ways of getting medications and food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.
8. Have a plan for someone to care for your pets during your illness.
9. Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

Check with your local public health officials

Depending on how severe the outbreak is, your local public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

Stay home as much as possible. Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.

What to do if you have symptoms
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

1. Trouble breathing
2. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
3. New confusion
4. Inability to wake or stay awake
5. Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/what-you-can-do.html

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