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The holiday season is here! The holidays will be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that does not mean that you still cannot celebrate the holidays safely. This month’s newsletter is all about safety and the holidays during the pandemic. Utilize the tips and newsletter below to have a safe holiday season this year. Click the links below or go through the newsletter for CDC’s recommendations on holiday safety.

Holiday safety guidelines from the CDC during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ways to celebrate the holidays safely

How Masks Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 is mostly spread by close contact with other people, which is why wearing a mask and social distancing is important.
When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe they produce respiratory droplets. These droplets can range in size from larger droplets to smaller droplets. Small droplets can form particles when they dry very quickly in the airstream and larger droplets fall out of the air due to gravity. Infections occur mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets when a person is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Wearing a mask and social distancing can help decrease the spread of these respiratory droplets to other people or to the airstream.
Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth and staying at least six feet apart from others help reduce your chances of getting COVID-19 or unknowingly spreading the virus to others, especially if you are asymptomatic. If you are sick, stay home and isolate from others unless you are seeking medical attention.
To learn more about how the COVID-19 virus spreads and why wearing a mask properly and social distancing is important, visit the CDC website for more information.


How to Protect Yourself and Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Now more than ever, we all need to do everything we can to help protect ourselves and others during the pandemic and flu season.

Following the guidelines set forth by the CDC can help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Remembering to keep safety at the forefront of all of your actions is crucial to keeping yourself, your loved ones and your LRS family safe during the pandemic.

Utilize the tips below to help do your part in beating the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes
  • Maintain a six-foot social distance from yourself and others
  • Monitor how you are feeling
  • If you are feeling sick, stay home-remember to call your manager
  • Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath and other COVID-19 symptoms 
  • If you or a member of your household are being tested for COVID-19, stay home until you receive the test results 
  • If you have been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and contact your medical provider for guidance on your testing needs
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

For more tips on how to stay safe during the pandemic, visit the CDC website.


COVID-19 Pandemic Health and Safety Tips

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives quickly and drastically in a relatively short amount of time. To maintain some sense of normalcy, it is important to adapt your day-to-day life in order to make sure you and your loved ones remain physically and mentally healthy. By continuing to do simple tasks such as staying active, getting adequate sleep, staying connected with others, eating healthy meals and taking time to take care of yourself are all great ways to ensure the continued health of yourself and others around you. Utilize the tips below to help maintain a healthy, active lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 Ways to Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Do at-home workouts. The CDC recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week and at least two days of muscle-strengthening activities per week.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals with plenty of nutrients.
  • Take time for yourself to meditate or relax.
  • Keep up with personal hygiene habits.
  • Stay in contact virtually with friends and family.
  • Wake up and go to sleep at similar times every day.
  • Find time to do things you enjoy, or discover new hobbies.
  • Talk to someone if you are feeling stressed, depressed or anxious.
  • Create and keep up a new daily routine to adapt to the changes of the pandemic.
  • Go for walks, jogs, bike rides or runs outdoors, while maintaining safe distance from others.

Trash Talk Work From Home Edition Volume 19

Pets can bring so much joy and stress relief to a person’s life, if the person is ready for the commitment of a pet. There are some pets that need less attention than others but they can still bring the same amount of happiness. Depending on your lifestyle, adopting a pet may be right for you but that is up to you to decide!

Adopting a pet can have many benefits such as companionship, protection, reduced stress and increased exercise depending on the type of pet you adopt. These benefits can help with coping with the circumstances of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

lost and homeless jack russell dog with cardboard hanging around neck, abandoned at the street, waiting to be adopted at the door home

This week’s employee work from home newsletter is all about pet adoption to celebrate National Dog Day (August 26) and National Holistic Pet Day (August 30) this week. If you have a pet already, be sure to celebrate your little companion this week!

Click our newsletter image below to go through the links to see if adopting a pet, and which kind, is right for your household.

Pandemic Activities Risk Levels

As more places begin to open, following the guidelines set forth by the CDC is still very important. Social distancing and wearing a face mask in public is crucial for your safety and the safety of others during the pandemic. Different activities have different risk levels during the pandemic. Utilize the tips below to keep you and your loved ones safe during the pandemic.

High to Low Risk Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Low Risk: If social distancing and wearing a mask, these activities are a fairly low risk during the pandemic
  • Exercising outdoors (such as walking, running or bike riding) while social distancing
  • Having an outdoor picnic
  • Going to the doctor
  • Ordering food/ items online
Medium Risk: These activities have a medium risk during the pandemic. Social distancing and wearing a mask can also help lower the risk.
  • Going shopping
  • Going to a salon or barbershop
  • Going to a restaurant
  • Going to the beach
High Risk: Participating in these activities can put you at a high risk of COVID-19. Social distancing, wearing a mask and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces can help somewhat lower the risk.
  • Working out in a public gym
  • Sending a child to summer camp
  • Going to amusement parks, sports stadiums or large music concerts
  • Large gatherings of family or friends

Grocery Store Safety

As the shelter in place order continues, it is important to continue practicing social distancing guidelines and wearing masks in places where social distancing is difficult, such as grocery stores. Adapting to this new normal is crucial to help mitigate the spread of the virus and protect ourselves and our loved ones, especially if you have to go out in public places. Utilize the tips below to protect yourself and others around you when grocery shopping.

COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Tips

  • Go shopping at off peak hours.
  • Keep a six foot distance from other shoppers while in the store.
  • Use sanitizing wipes to clean and disinfect carts before you use them.
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer during your shopping visit.
  • Use debit or credit cards and self-checkout lanes whenever possible to limit contact with employees.
  • Use curbside pickup or grocery delivery services.
  • Use hand sanitizer before getting in your car.
  • Wash your hands immediately upon getting home and again after putting groceries away.