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Stay home, stay healthy: Protect your family from giving or getting coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020

Note: This article was originally published in March. Although offices, shops and restaurants are reopening, social distancing along with mask wearing and regular hand washing remain important in the fight against COVID-19. Continue to slow the spread and make safe and healthy choices.

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To say that the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has disrupted lives and livelihoods in Greater Cincinnati is an understatement. To combat it, public health and government officials have implemented strict measures to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread.

The approach, called social distancing or physical distancing, has two goals:

First, to slow the emergence of new cases of the disease. This will allow medical professionals to provide needed care to those who do become ill.

Second, to reduce the spread of the virus. Data about the coronavirus to date show that each infected person can pass the virus on to one to three others. Breaking connections between people by staying home can stop transmission.We must remain vigilant for social distancing to be effective. Officials in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana have issued orders to limit large gatherings. Now it’s up to us as individuals to change our behaviors to stay home and stay healthy. This includes:

  • Visiting virtually. Use technology to connect with friends and family, both locally and elsewhere.
  • Postponing playdates. Research shows that risks to children from coronavirus are mild, but kids can carry the virus and become sick. Keeping children apart protects all of us.
  • Limiting trips. When needed, stock up on supplies. Experts ask you to prepare for a week at a time, but postpone nonessential errands.

Working together, we can do our part to prevent the spread of this virus.

Quédese en casa, manténgase saludable: proteja a su familia de dar y contraer coronavirus

Decir que el nuevo coronavirus, que causa la enfermedad COVID-19, ha alterado vidas y medios de vida en Greater Cincinnati es insuficiente. Para combatirlo, salud pública y Los funcionarios del gobierno han implementado medidas estrictas para reducir la oportunidad de que el virus propague.

El enfoque, llamado distanciamiento social o distanciamiento físico, tiene dos objetivos:

Primero, para retrasar la aparición de nuevos casos de la enfermedad. Esto permitirá a los profesionales médicos proporcionar la atención necesaria a quienes se enferman.

Segundo, para reducir la propagación del virus. Los datos sobre el coronavirus hasta la fecha muestran que cada persona infectada puede transmitir el virus a una o tres personas más. Romper las conexiones entre las personas que se quedan en casa pueden detener la transmisión.

Debemos permanecer atentos para que el distanciamiento social sea efectivo. Funcionarios en Ohio, Kentucky e Indiana han emitido órdenes para limitar grandes reuniones. Ahora depende de nosotros como individuos cambiar nuestros comportamientos para quedarnos en casa y mantenernos saludables. Esto incluye:

Visitar virtualmente. Use la tecnología para conectarse con amigos y familiares, tanto localmente como en otra parte.

Posponer fechas de juego. La investigación muestra que los riesgos para los niños del coronavirus son leves, pero los niños pueden portar el virus y enfermarse. Mantener a los niños separados nos protege a todos.

Limitación de viajes. Cuando sea necesario, abastecerse de suministros. Los expertos le piden que se prepare para una semana en un tiempo, pero posponga mandados no esenciales.

Trabajando juntos, podemos hacer nuestra parte para prevenir la propagación de este virus.


Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. 

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