Staying Safe During COVID-19
2020 has been overwhelming! As we watch the infection numbers rise daily, we all wonder, "how long will this last" and "when will we return to normal?" However, I think we all know there will have to be a new normal.We've missed in-person birthday parties, vacations, anniversary celebrations, retirement parties and births. Meals out with friends and family have been halted. Take-out, curbside pickup and contactless delivery are all common. Zoom has become commonplace.
- Get your flu shot.
- Wear a mask, especially when you are around people outside of your household.
- Wash and sanitize hands and surfaces.
- Social distance as much as possible.
- Avoid large crowds and gatherings.
- Learn from the experts to make an informed decision about taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
As we learn more about this virus, we will make the necessary adjustments to continue to stay safe. I personally want to encourage everyone to continue to follow the guidelines.
For many, it has been an inconvenience if not a hardship to be required to wear a mask and stay socially distanced from friends and family. For others, isolation and distance from those they love has caused anxiety and depression. However, the fear of contracting COVID-19 reminds us to remain compliant with CDC guidelines.
By Whitney Dunham, MD
Dr. Dunham is the Medical Director of the OB Hospitalist Program at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. She also cares for patients at Huntsville Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology.