Getting Back To Normal
Posted On June 30, 2020
Author: Gordon McKernan
As businesses and communities begin to reopen, everyone is looking for ways to get back to “normal.” However, we must remember that Coronavirus (COVID) has not gone away. We need to remain vigilant with our health and safety precautions. The guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are there to protect you from the disease and to help slow the spread of COVID.
At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, each of our offices is taking safety measures to keep our staff and clients safe and healthy during this time. We are committed to providing a safe workplace environment for our team and clients.
Key things to remember:
COVID-19 has not gone away.
- Individuals are still contracting the disease.
- The more you interact with others, the higher risk you are of contracting COVID-19.
- #MaskUp when you are out in public tocontinue to protect yourself and your family.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Follow social distancing guidelines – remain 6 feet apart.
Running simple errands
Daily errands can put you into contact with many different people and surfaces. It is important to protect yourself even when “just running into the bank” or “grabbing one thing at the grocery.” For additional tips, visit the CDC website.
Monitor your symptoms and stay home if you are sick. This protects both you and others in the community. You may not have COVID, but a lowered immune system may make you more suspectable to contracting COVID.
- Wear a face mask, even if you are “just running in.”
- Use hand sanitizer after leaving.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Disinfect shopping carts and gas handles, or wear gloves and dispose of them immediately.
- Remember not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Use contactless shopping and touchless payment when available.
Louisiana has some of the best food around, and we are all eager to resume normal activities, especially dining at restaurants! However, those hush-puppies and etouffee can wait just a few moments while you take some safety precautions. For more tips, visit the CDC website.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before sitting down for a meal.
- Monitor yourself for signs of illness and stay home if you are sick. This protects both you and others in the community. You may not have COVID, but a lowered immune system may make you more suspectable to contracting COVID.
- Practice social distancing Wear a face mask when not at the table Socializing and Traveling Below are simple guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID while flying or re-entering gyms, nail salons and hotels.
- For more additional information, please visit the CDC website.
- Book a reservation in advance.
- Maintain social distancing and wear a face mask.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect your electronics after leaving.
- Ask your hotel before arriving about updated policies.
- Choose contactless options when available.
The CDC is encouraging individuals to use telemedicine, virtual doctor visits, or reschedule when available. However, some doctor visits cannot be avoided. Below are tips to help keep you safe when visiting a doctor’s office. For more information, visit the CDC website. If you think you have COVID-19, notify your doctor or healthcare provider before your visit and follow their instructions carefully. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Wear a mask.Maintain social distancing practices (6 feet apart). Wash and Sanitize your hands and electronics as much as possible.
Important things to consider when venturing out:
- Is COVID-19 spreading in my area? For up-to-date numbers, visit the CDC website.
- What are the latest rules and regulations in my state? Local Health Department.
- If you visit a location that has been identified as a recent “hot-spot,” you may need to tell your work. Check-in with your Human Resource representative for your company’s policy regarding travel during COVID-19.
- When traveling, be considerate of other communities’ regulations. CDC Travel considerations.
- Am I or someone I live with at risk for severe illness? People at Higher Risk
Gordon McKernan graduated with his law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1992. Shortly thereafter, he joined McKernan Law Firm and has been practicing law ever since. He is the owner of the firm, and his primary area of practice is representing ‘ordinary people’ who have been injured because of another’s disregard.