COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth vs. Fact
Austin Public Health also developed a chart outlining risk-based guidelines for protecting yourself during the spread of COVID-19. The chart explains the precautions people should take depending on the level of risk in the community: Stage 1 is the lowest threat, and Stage 5 is the most serious. Visit the Austin Public Health website for more information.
How to Protect Yourself
Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for how to protect yourself from the coronavirus. This includes but is not limited to:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Practicing social distancing outside your home (staying at least 6 feet away from other people); and
- Wearing a cloth face mask over your mouth and nose when around other people.
What to Do If You’re Sick
If you have symptoms of or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, it’s important for you to be screened for testing.
- UT Health Austin: 833-882-2737
- CommUnityCare HealthCenters: 512-978-8775
- Austin Public Health: Online self-assessment
Do Not Delay ER Care
Don’t delay or avoid lifesaving emergency care. Avoiding ERs out of fear of contracting the coronavirus can have dire consequences during emergencies requiring time-sensitive treatment. ERs and clinics are among the safest places to receive care that can’t wait.
Symptoms that may warrant a trip to the ER include:
- Trouble breathing;
- Difficulty speaking;
- Chest pain;
- Sudden dizziness;
- Severe abdominal pain;
- Extreme fatigue;
- Blue face and lips or pale coloring;
- Sudden numbness or weakness in one or more arms and legs; and
- Drooping of one side of the face.