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  • Mar 28, 2020

You can flatten the curve!

You can help healthcare workers by slowing down the numbers of people who get sick.

Flattening the curve means slowing down the number of people who get sick. This lets healthcare providers better care for those who get COVID-19. When too many people get sick all at once, it can overwhelm the healthcare system, making it more dangerous for everyone.

Researchers are telling us that social (or physical) distancing can work, but only if you and everyone else does it the right way. Staying home is the first step. If you do have to go out for food, medicine or exercise, stay six feet away from everyone (except for people you live with). This keeps everyone safe. Let’s do this together – by staying apart. When a few people don’t follow the guidelines, everyone is at risk.

"As the Chief of Infectious Disease at Cambridge Health Alliance, I’m asking for your help," said Dr. Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha "We are working night and day to prepare for what is coming, and we know it will be challenging. But we’re at an unprecedented time where each one of you can make a big difference in what happens next."

Here’s what you can do:

  • Physical Distancing (a.k.a. social distancing) – stay connected with family and friends using technology. Work from home if possible. If you need to go out for food, medications or exercise, stay six feet away from others
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands – a lot! Scrub for at least 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • If you’re sick, stay home.
  • Stay informed with CHA.

"We’re social beings. It’s going to be difficult for some of us to stay away from each other, but it’s time to make sacrifices for the good of all of us. We should make exceptions only when absolutely necessary for everyone’s health or safety."

- Dr. Jacob Venter. Vice Chief of Psychiatry Operations and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

You can play an important role in this. Help us flatten the curve!

This articles provide general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this article, or through linkages to other sites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider.

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