Navigating Life After Sheltering at Home

Life After COVID LockdownAfter months of staying indoors and isolating from others, it can make us absolutely giddy to see shops, restaurants, and parks reopen. But it’s important to remember that the COVID-19 virus still lingers in our community. Find out how to transition to “normal” life and still keep your family safe.

What Does Reopening Mean?
The White House and the CDC developed guidelines for a phased reopening of the U.S., slowly relaxing the rules we’ve lived under the past few months. Each state is using the guidelines to create an individualized reopening plan based on their unique situation.

What Will Reopening Look Like in My Community?
It’s difficult to predict how life will be in the coming weeks. As we’ve all learned, things can change quickly.

For full details on the reopening plans in Connecticut and New York visit the local health department websites:

New York

What Safety Precautions Should We Take?
You know the drill: Wash your hands frequently. In public, practice social distancing (stay 6 feet from others) and cover your face with a cloth mask. And regularly clean frequently touched surfaces like cellphones.

If you are in a high-risk group—older than 65 years old and/or someone with a serious underlying medical condition—stay home as much as possible. If you have a medical emergency, though, seek care right away. 

When Can I Visit Loved Ones?
It’s natural to crave connection with family and friends. But it’s wise to assess the risk first. If you or your loved one is at high risk, wait until Phase 3 to visit—and still keep your distance! Until then, opt for phone calls or video chats, instead. If no one is at increased risk, go ahead and get together once stay-at-home orders are lifted. Just be sure to wear your mask and keep your distance.

Staying Safe, Together
As we start to move through the reopening phases, know that our team is here to support all your health care needs. From virtual visits and elective surgeries and emergency care, your safety remains our top priority.