As we face an unprecedented public health crisis, a lot of Kansans are hurting economically right now. Some are struggling to put food on their tables. Please, if you’re able, make a donation to food banks that serve Kansans.
During these difficult and uncertain times, I know many of us are worried about the impact coronavirus will have on our state and our communities. We’re concerned for our kids, grandparents, and friends. And rightly so. News seems to change daily and it’s hard to know what to think. As a mother and a doctor, I share that anxiety with many of you.
As a doctor, I always focus on assessing the problem, listening to the experts, and working together to determine a plan and follow through on a solution. This situation is no different. I am listening to our state health experts and doing my part. And so can you.
While we work together as a community to stop the advancement of this virus, I wanted to share some important steps you can take to help you and your family stay safe and healthy. Every one of us is responsible for helping stop the spread of infectious disease.
What you can do:
- Wash your hands and regularly disinfect your surroundings. One of our most powerful tools right now is something we’re all familiar with — washing our hands, especially after you’ve come into contact with another person or leave your house. You should also disinfect common areas to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Limit exposure to other people. We should all practice social distancing and avoid large groups and public spaces as much as possible. If you are able to work from home, you should do so — and if you are unable to do so, please take steps to protect yourself and others by limiting contact and washing your hands regularly. COVID-19 can be spread by people who are not exhibiting any symptoms, so protect your community by avoiding contact with others.
- If you’re sick, stay home. People who are symptomatic — who have an elevated temperature by thermometer, a dry cough, or have trouble breathing — should limit all possible exposure to the public and contact a medical professional. Some parts of the state have asked all residents to stay at home except for essential needs. If you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for the CDC-recommended 14 days.
- Check in with your friends, neighbors and loved ones. This is a stressful time for all of us. It’s important, especially if you’re staying home and isolating yourself, to reach out to others. If you have older neighbors, write them a note or call them to see if there are any chores or errands you can do for them — while being careful not to expose them. Practicing kindness and compassion for others is critical.
- Follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. You can find updated resources at those links. Recommendations are changing quickly, and keeping up to date with the latest guidance from our public health officials will help keep us safe.
What our campaign is doing:
- Canceling all in-person campaign events: To help flatten the curve and curb the spread of COVID-19, we are canceling all in-person campaign events until further notice. We will follow CDC guidelines when we consider resuming events in the future.
- Connecting with voters in other ways: It is still critical that we continue to share our message with Kansans about the importance of sending a doctor and voice of reason to the U.S. Senate. Now, we will do that more through emails, phone calls, texts and videos.
- Working remotely: Like many of you, we are now working remotely from our homes to limit contact and slow the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 has lurched the American people into a period of great uncertainty. To manage the long-term effects of the crisis, we must work together to address the cost and availability of healthcare and childcare, support workers and businesses, and work together to recover from a public health emergency of this magnitude.
- Kansas Department of Health & Environment
- Kansas Department of Labor
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- World Health Organization
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