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Living with COVID-19 Among Us

COVID-19 Variants, including the Delta Variant first seen in India, may play a part in our daily lives going forward. There have been cases of COVID-19 Delta variant in Warren County, in Ohio and now 50% of samples tested for variants in the US are Delta. We must learn to live with COVID in our communities. Please see the following list of things to do to protect yourself, your family and your friends.

Stay home if you are sick

• Stay home except to get medical care
• Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
• Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
• Separate yourself from other people
• Monitor your symptoms
• Get Tested
• If you are sick, wear a mask over your nose and mouth
• Cover your coughs and sneezes
• Clean your hands often
• Avoid sharing personal household items
• Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
Stay home if you might have been exposed to COVID-19 if you have NOT been vaccinated
• Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
• Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
• Stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

• Options to reduce quarantine
o After day 10 without testing
o After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

Stand back from others when out and about

• When you are at the grocery, at an event, or somewhere with others, stand back a bit. Stand back a few feet when in line at the grocery. Take a different aisle at a store if the aisle is crowded. When meeting someone on the street, stand back a few feet while having a conversation. You can still interact with people, just be aware of spacing and hand washing.
• Consider wearing a mask when you cannot avoid being within 6 feet of others, especially in crowded indoor spaces (vaccinated or not vaccinated).

If you are not vaccinated, consider wearing a mask

• We are all sick of the masks, but if you have not been vaccinated, you can be at high risk of getting COVID from a variant that is in the community. Protect yourself. The masks do not “filter” every virus, but we have seen over the last year that the masks DO stop droplets from entering your nose or mouth. The virus rides in on these droplets. Just like children on Chemotherapy wear masks when their immune system is down, we can protect ourselves the same way.

Warren County Health District (WCHD) is administering free vaccine M-F 8:00 am-3:30pm at 416 S. East Street Lebanon OH 45036 Walk-in basis or you can call 513-695-SHOT for an appointment.

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