As news about viruses, including the flu, continues to develop, people are becoming more concerned about their health and safety. According to the CDC, there is no cause for alarm, but in an abundance of caution, Brookdale is closely following the news.
What we already do continues to be effective
Strong flu protocols and environmental cleaning precautions is the best defense against any contagious virus. At this time, we are advising associates to be on the lookout for any flu symptoms in residents, associates or guests.
The CDC recommends that anyone suspected of having a virus be asked to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified and be evaluated in a private room with the door closed. Associates entering the resident’s apartment should use standard precautions, and wear personal protective equipment such as a mask, gown, and/or gloves.
Following the basic infection control protocols is vital during any virus outbreak, including:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick or stay home when you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, counters, elevator buttons, telephones, work surface areas, etc.
Resident and associate health and safety are a top priority. We will continue to follow our protocols and CDC guidance, and monitor the news to promote health within our communities.