Cases and deaths are rising in the U.S. There’s no denying changes to daily life are hard and patience may be wearing thin, but we can’t let up. The safety steps you take now will protect you and your family’s health and well-being later.
Actions That Increase Risk:
- Having close contact with other people
- Spending time in large groups (more than 10 people)
- Spending time in indoor spaces, particularly if poorly ventilated
Actions That Decrease Risk:
- Wear a face covering
- Wash your hands
- Watch your distance
- Avoid these high-risk situations: small indoor gatherings, bars, restaurants, gyms
Protect Your Jobsite:
- Just wearing a mask is not enough. We still need to continue practicing other protective measures.
- Be proactive about building a relationship with local public health officials. Ask “What should I do if there is an outbreak on my job?”
- Look for ways to add more fresh air to the work environment, such as by checking ventilation systems.
Protect Your Home:
- COVID-19 is highly contagious and can spread in places you feel safe, like your home. If one person in your household gets COVID-19, it can spread to others.
- What’s a household? Anyone who currently lives under the same roof as you. It could be family members or people who aren’t related to you, like roommates. Close relatives you see often but don’t live with are part of a different household.
- Be cautious who you spend time with and be aware who other people in your household are spending time with.
- LIUNA Midwest Region strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated once the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to them.
- The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization to two COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC has recommended the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for people 16 years of age and older and the Moderna vaccine for people 18 years of age and older. Click here to access the CDC COVID-19 vaccine information page.
- The CDC recommends healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities receive the vaccine first. Construction workers are currently being grouped in phase 1C. Distribution of the vaccine is the responsibility of each state. Click here to access each state’s plans.
- The LHSFNA is working with LIUNA health and welfare funds to educate members on how the vaccine will be covered. More resources are available on the LHSFNA website.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is a step in the right direction toward ending the pandemic. However, the benefits of widespread vaccination won’t be seen in the U.S. until mid to late 2021. Other protective measures need to be followed until further notice.