PDX Commons Health Team Recommendations: Preparing for COVID-19
From: Ann Lehman (annzimmerman-lehman.com)
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2020 06:08:17 -0800 (PST)

PDX Commons Health Team Recommendations: Preparing for
(based on CDC and Kaiser information)
At this time, we should follow everyday preventive measures:
Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease 
symptoms (like fever, coughing/sneezing, congestion, sore throat, new onset 
shortness of breath) unless you are seeing your healthcare provider (and always 
call about the advisability of an office visit if you do have symptoms). At the 
present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other 
respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
Avoid close contact (within 4-6’) with people who are sick with respiratory 
Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in 
the trash can. Alternatively, cough into your collar, sleeve, or other fabric.
Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; 
especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your 
nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use 
an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol. This is especially 
important when coming into PDXC from the outside community!
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, especially when 
out in the community.
Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and 
objects (cell phones, door and appliance handles, light switches, remotes, 
computer mouse, etc.) – use Lysol or dilute solution of bleach/water (1/2 tsp 
bleach to 1 cup water – spray with fine mist and allow to dry over several 

 • If you have risk factors (pre-existing respiratory and other health issues 
combined with advancing age), you may consider making sure that you have enough 
medications, food, and supplies to enable you to avoid going out into public if 
the risk of COVID-19 spread into the community increases.

Ann Lehman
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