Living with COVID-19

Here in south Louisiana, it’s that time of year when we typically enjoy festivals and crawfish boils, graduation celebrations, and look towards summer vacations. This year, however, we’re facing a pandemic that has brought our springtime merrymaking to a screeching halt. Simple, routine activities such as going to the grocery store or the pharmacy can bring a devastating sickness into our very homes.

Through worldwide coordination of research efforts, we are being updated everyday on the newest discoveries about the COVID-19 virus. From the beginning, however, it has been evident that there are those who are at a higher risk for severe illness. Adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are definitely in that category.

If you have elderly loved ones or at-risk patients in your care, please follow the guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and protect the vulnerable as much as possible and slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay home if you are sick
    • Avoid shopping if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, which include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Order online or use curbside pickup
    • Only visit stores selling groceries or household essentials in person when it is absolutely necessary
  • Protect yourself while shopping
    • Stay at least 6 ft. away from others
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth face covering when in public
    • Go during hours when fewer people will be there
    • Find out if the store has special hours for those at-risk
    • Disinfect the shopping cart with wipes
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
    • Use a touchless keypad, or use hand sanitizer if you have to touch money, a card, or keypad
  • Use hand sanitizer after leaving the store
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get home
  • Talk to your doctor online, by phone, or email
    • If you must visit in person, follow the same guidelines as when going shopping
  • Limit in-person visits to the pharmacy
    • Plan to order and pick up all prescriptions at one time.
    • Call in prescriptions ahead of time, use drive-thru windows, curbside service, mail order, or other delivery services. Do the same for pets.