With the May 1 requirement in Illinois that everyone over that age of two is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place, below outlines some answers to frequently asked questions on why, how and when to use face coverings.
Why wear face coverings?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings such as scarves, bandanas or masks that cover your nose and mouth in public settings. This is especially important in places where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of the virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected, but does not have symptoms.
How do I properly wear a face covering?
Cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
When should I wear a face covering?
If you are not sick, you should wear a face covering when you need to leave home and might be within six feet of others. Examples include riding the train or bus, walking on a busy street, going to pharmacies and grocery stores, or going to the doctor or a hospital.
People who are sick should wear a face covering when leaving their home for essential reasons and while at home, particularly if they are sick and need to be within six feet of others who share their home.
It is also important to remember that wearing a mask does not replace the need to stay at least six feet away from other people (social distancing) in public areas, frequent hand cleaning and follow other everyday preventive actions.
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In Illinois, the shelter-in-place order was extended through May. With this in mind, it is crucial for employees to stay connected during these difficult times.
This week in our weekly newsletter to employees working from home, we celebrate Cinco De Mayo with some great recipes and facts about the holiday. We also highlight how one of our locations has adapted to the changes due to COVID-19. Click the image below to go through the links.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is crucial to continue practicing the social distancing guidelines outlined by your state. Striving to stay home as much as possible and when you do have to go out in public keeping at least a six foot distance between you and other people are important measures to take to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. When we all work together to help slow the spread of the virus, the sooner we will be able to get back to our lives before the virus. Utilize the tips below to learn the do’s and don’ts of social distancing.
Do’s and Don’ts of Social Distancing
- Stay home
- Keep at least a six foot distance from you and others in public
- Go to grocery stores and pharmacies at non-peak hours
- Keep necessary doctor’s appointments
- Order online
- Keep a six foot distance from others if you go outdoors to exercise
- Keep your home limited to immediate family members and roommates
- Wear a face mask in public
- Have large gatherings
- Go to crowded places
- Schedule unnecessary appointments
- Exercise outdoors within six feet of others
- Have physical contact with people who are not living in your home
- Invite guests to your home
- Travel unnecessarily for leisure
This week in our weekly newsletter to employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we highlight all of the kind messages our drivers have been receiving from our customers! We also list a few ways that you can still have fun while social distancing with your family and staying connected online with your loved ones. Click the image below to go through the links.
Today is Earth Day’s 50th anniversary! Starting in 1970, Earth Day has been a day that has been dedicated to talking about ways to preserve the planet and doing activities to be more sustainable for the planet. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has limited some activities that would normally take place for Earth Day, such as large neighborhood clean ups or other Earth Day activities that would usually take place with a big group. While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited some Earth Day activities, there are still many things that you can do from the comfort of your own home for Earth Day.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also helped the environment more as well. Pollution levels and greenhouse gas emissions are down because people are not driving or flying as much and bodies of water in some parts of the world, such as Venice, are becoming clear again due to no human interaction. Even if transportation increase to what it was before the lockdown, scientist still expect to see the first fall in global emissions since the 2008-2009 financial crisis after the lockdown is over. According to the Carbon Brief, carbon emissions are cut by about 5% of 2019 global total emissions, which is the largest fall in CO2 emissions from any previous economic crisis or war.
With all of these changes happening and adapting to the changes due to COVID-19, it is up to us to keep our planet clean and preserve it as much as possible, with or without a virus. The virus is giving us a chance to change our behavior and be more sustainable once the pandemic is over. When we all work together to protect our planet, it truly makes a difference. This Earth Day, share with us what you plan to do from home to celebrate and be more sustainable with the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome.
This week, our weekly newsletter to employees working from home included a new recipe for turning leftover mashed potatoes into gnocchi as well as some ways that our employees and their families can be more sustainable for Earth Day!
The 50th anniversary of Earth is on Wednesday and the edition of Trash Talk includes ways and activities to be sustainable at home while still sheltering in place. The COVID-19 pandemic may limit our abilities to do some Earth Day activities in large groups but it does not stop us from still being sustainable from the comfort of our own home!
Click the image below to go through the links on some great ways to celebrate Earth Day this year!
This week, in our second Trash Talk home newsletter for employees working from home, we are sharing some self care tips, arts and crafts that can be done as a family, workout routines and a new recipe for yogurt-marinated grilled chicken. As employees are working from home more often, some have also shared pictures of their families and pets. Click the image below to go through the links.
Earth Day is April 22nd and with the coronavirus, COVID-19, still spreading around the world, many people are staying home and social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus. This means that many Earth Day activities that would normally take place are cancelled to help meet the guidelines for social distancing and sheltering in place. However, there are still things that you can do to help the planet from the comfort of your own home. Below are a few suggestions to do your part in helping the planet while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
- Start a garden in your backyard
Starting your own garden can be a great way to bond with your family at home while also helping the planet more. Having your own garden can help reduce your environmental footprint while also building memories with your family. Planting trees on your property is also a great environmental alternative to starting your own garden.
Creating your own compost pile can help reduce the amount of food and yard waste that is taken to landfills and can also be a great way to spend your time while sheltering in place with your family. Then use your compost to enhance your garden soil.
- Make crafts with recycled materials
With kids staying home from school, a great way for them to spend some of their time at home is by making different crafts. To be more sustainable, make sure they only used recycled materials to benefit the planet. This is also a great time to explain to them why recycling is important.
These activities not only increase family time but also benefit the planet. Earth Day can still be celebrated even at home and it is important to always consider your actions and think about if they are beneficial to the environment and how you can continue to do your part to help our planet. If you have any activities that you plan on doing for Earth Day at home this year, tag us on social media and use the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome.
As many of Lakeshore’s employees are working from home to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, we have started a new weekly newsletter to share with employees and stay connected. Employees can send in their pictures of them and their families working from home as well as any tips or tricks, such as recipes or home workout routines, that they would like to share with their Lakeshore family. Below is the first volume of the Trash Talk newsletter, click the image and go through the links for some great workout ideas and spring cleaning tips.
With flu season still in effect and the most recent coronavirus pandemic, it is important to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Washing your hands frequently and sanitizing items that are touched often is essential. Additionally, ensuring that you are getting enough vitamins and eating a healthy balanced diet with plenty of water are all ways that you can be sure that you are the healthiest version of yourself to help prevent you from getting sick. Utilize the tips below suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep you and your loved ones safe from getting sick and to stop the spread of germs for the remainder of the flu season.
Tips to Prevent the Spread of Germs
- Thoroughly wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue nearby, cover your mouth with the crease of your elbow and not your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick with cold or flu like symptoms.
- Practice social distancing by avoiding public places and unnecessary social gatherings.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.