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Once you have your risk assessment from the calculator, please read the section below that best pertains to your situation: High Risk or Low Risk tips to stay healthy.

Thank you to Kate Compton Barr, MPH, for contributing this important information. Kate has worked as a behavioral scientist with more than a decade of experience in persuasive technology and health communication. She uses behavior change theory, behavioral economics, and data to create health solutions with staying power. She has developed more than 50 behavior change apps in her career and is the Founder of Pip & Grow.


INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HIGH RISK RESULTS

Based on your answers, you’re at high risk for having a severe case of Covid-19. That means you are more likely to need hospital care.

It’s very important for you to self-isolate right now. That means staying in your home and avoiding contact with anyone who doesn’t live with you.

Other steps you can take to stay healthy during this time:

  1. Keep your social distance. If you must go out, practice social distancing. Imagine that you are existing inside a 6-foot bubble. You don’t want anyone else (except people you live with) to be closer than that. To socially distance:
    • a. Allow at least six feet of space between yourself and other people
    • b. Avoid group gatherings of any kind - no restaurants, bars, airplanes, malls, or stores (except the grocery store and pharmacy)
    • c. Use phone and video to stay connected
  2. Wash your hands often. Wash your hands at the normal times (before eating, after using the restroom) but also before you leave your house and as soon as you come back home. You should be washing your hands every hour or two.
  3. Clean high touch surfaces every day. A “high touch” surface is something you touch a lot. Countertops, light switches, door knobs, faucets, and refrigerator handles are common high touch surfaces.
  4. Clean your phone every day. Use a disinfecting wipe to clean your phone at least once per day. Our phones touch our hands and faces more than any other object.
  5. Call your doctor if you develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. The most common symptom of Covid-19 is a low-grade fever. If you have a fever of 100.0 or more, call your doctor for guidance.
  6. Manage your stress. Stress can actually make it harder for our bodies to fight illness. Find ways that work for you to keep your stress in check. Some people have found it helpful to:
    • a. Do deep breathing for five minutes per day
    • b. Get some exercise - like taking a walk or going for a run
    • c. Meditate
    • d. Read
  7. Practice empathy and kindness. Research shows that doing acts of kindness reduce stress, increase happiness, and promote a sense of well-being. Find ways to help others in your community, like:
    • a. Delivering groceries to an older neighbor
    • b. Donating to a local nonprofit
    • c. Supporting a local business by purchasing gift cards
    • d. Calling loved ones on the phone
  8. Be gentle with yourself. This is a stressful time. You may not feel like yourself. That’s ok. No one does. Do the best you can with what you have available.

INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH LOW RISK RESULTS

Based on your answers, you’re at low risk for having a severe case of Covid-19.But you can still spread the virus to others who might become very sick.

It’s important that we work together to keep everyone healthy and safe. That means keeping our germs to ourselves. To stay healthy during this time:

  1. Keep your social distance.There’s been a lot of news about social distancing recently. Basically, imagine that you are existing inside a 6-foot bubble. You don’t want anyone else (except people you live with) to be closer than that. To socially distance:
    • a. Allow at least six feet of space between yourself and other people
    • b. Avoid group gatherings of any kind - no restaurants, bars, airplanes, malls, or stores (except the grocery store and pharmacy)
    • c. Use phone and video to stay connected
  2. Wash your hands often. Wash your hands at the normal times (before eating, after using the restroom) but also before you leave your house and as soon as you come back home. You should be washing your hands every hour or two.
  3. Clean high touch surfaces every day. A “high touch” surface is something you touch a lot. Countertops, light switches, door knobs, faucets, and refrigerator handles are common high touch surfaces.
  4. Clean your phone every day. Use a disinfecting wipe to clean your phone at least once per day. Our phones touch our hands and faces more than any other object.
  5. Call your doctor if you develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. The most common symptom of Covid-19 is a low-grade fever. If you have a fever of 100.0 or more, call your doctor for guidance.
  6. Manage your stress. Stress can actually make it harder for our bodies to fight illness. Find ways that work for you to keep your stress in check. Some people have found it helpful to:
    • a. Do deep breathing for five minutes per day
    • b. Get some exercise - like taking a walk or going for a run
    • c. Meditate
    • d. Read
  7. Practice empathy and kindness. Research shows that doing acts of kindness reduce stress, increase happiness, and promote a sense of well-being. Find ways to help others in your community, like:
    • a. Delivering groceries to an older neighbor
    • b. Donating to a local nonprofit
    • c. Supporting a local business by purchasing gift cards
    • d. Calling loved ones on the phone
  8. Be gentle with yourself. This is a stressful time. You may not feel like yourself. That’s ok. No one does. Do the best you can with what you have available.