Friday, March 20, 2020

Guidelines for Prevention of COVID-19

Covid19: keeping yourself safe and strategies for days ahead

At present time there is no way for us to know if there is sickness or what measures are being taken except through you. We are working on prying the DOC open also.

The goal here is to inform you of ways to protect yourself from this virus. The warnings are dire and simply not allowing visitors is inadequate. The Virus spreads by contact with nose , ears, eyes and mouth so the big deal is keep your hands away from your face and wash hands after contact with unsanitized surfaces. Use rubbing alcohol at least 70% alcohol to sanitize surfaces ;keep at least 6 feet away from other people and do not shake hands- People are bumping elbows these days and everyone is hole up at home who do not do essential services.

I will post the CDC guidelines at end of this. Look through them and see what of these you can do > I see big holes and have been rabble rousing around them. Many of you do not have any soap to speak of - seg people get little plastic nothings. None of you have rubbing alcohol or any sanitizer and social distancing unless you are in solitary torture is a joke and solitary is still torture, virus or not.

We are working on the soap and sanitizer but more important, the times are forcing our little groups to come together and there is a big push to get the elderly and those eligible out of there now and end revocations etc- a push hard on Evers who can do this. We are newly strategizing on this and will soon put out a newsletter . I am thinking that you prisoners and I can contribute by getting cases front and center so it will be plain that many of you are being held stupidly, and some kind of reinvigoration of letters and petitions from families may be in order. This seems to be growing into a nationwide effort and this needs to be a coordinated effort to be effective. Will keep you posted.

DEMANDS ARE GOING INTO EVERS soon for him to use all his powers to get those at most risk and those obviously ready OUT and to end revocations without felonies- this has just begun, the effort is coordinated in WI by ACLU but it looks like it is also going on nationwide- just beginning stages - first conference calls on it yesterday- FFUP will keep you posted on how we can all contribute.

IN sum, Please keep us posted on what is happening in there. IF you use corrlinks- head your email with something like “virus news.” I cannot get to all and have to choose. Will try to get to all but if I do not please write by mail . There are always over a hundred waiting, Again , let me know if you need stamps to write- “stamps “ in heading.

Know How it Spreads

Illustration: woman sneezing on man
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact


Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

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 Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

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