General Safety Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:
Find Local Information
- Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases.
Follow Official Sources for Accurate Information
- Help control the spread of rumors. Visit FEMA’s rumor control page.
- Beware of fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit Office of Inspector General’s COVID-19 fraud alert page.
Know the Signs & Symptoms
Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:
- Stay home when you are sick
- Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
- Limit movement in the community
- Limit visitors
Take Steps for Those at Higher Risk
- Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.
Protect Yourself & Family
- Implement steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).
Create a Household Plan
Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
- Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
- Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
- Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
Stay Informed About Emergency Plans
Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.
Alabama Department of Public Health
- ADPH COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard
- Health Hot Line: 1-888-293-8888
American Heart Association
American Nurses Association
- ANA's General Guidelines
- COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Video Education Series & Mental Health Support
In these videos, you will learn how to successfully manage your mental health needs while caring for COVID-19 patients, as well as the best and most up-to-date tools to stay strong and focused on your vitally important work and find calmness in the chaos.
Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients during this COVID-19 Pandemic:This important on-demand webinar focuses on the current PPE guidelines for supply optimization and how to maintain personnel safety. Register now and receive access to this online, on-demand webinar and view it anytime, anywhere. Register at https://bit.ly/2xt1rRQ
- Guiding Principles for Nurses and the COVID-19 Vaccine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19
- Healthcare Provider Preparedness Checklist
- Hospital Preparedness Tool
- FAQs on Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control
- Prevention of Community Spread
- COVID-19 What You Need to Know
- Medscape Clinical Guidelines
- New Guidelines on Use and Reuse of PPE for COVID-19 (4/30/20)
- Step-by-Step Guide to Preventing PPE-related Skin Damage
- American Heart Association Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for CPR Training & Resuscitation
Caring for Patients with Chronic Respiratory Diseases during the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Clinical Practice Guidelines - April 2020
- CMS Recommendation for Re-Opening America
- ELNEC Support for Nurses During COVID-19
- Ethical dilemmas facing nurses during the Coronavirus Crisis: Addressing moral distress
- Multisource Daily Tracking COVID-19 Map (Created by Samford Geography Professor Jonathan Fleming)
- Prevention & Management of PPE-related Skin Damage
- WHO Educational Resources for Patients, Family & Friends