Louisiana COVID-19 Safety Tips
In light of the recent World Health Organization (WHO) classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic and the U.S. declaring a national emergency, many Louisiana residents are understandably on edge. Life has been disrupted across the state as schools close, companies instruct employees to work from home, and hospitals cope with an influx of patients.
Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys wants to make sure that the people in our community stay safe and healthy. In addition to our Coronavirus Resources page, we’d like to offer the following information and Louisiana COVID-19 safety tips to help slow the spread of the virus and avoid suffering a personal injury during this uncertain time.
Louisiana COVID-19 Safety Tips
As of this publication, there have been 392 reported cases of COVID-19 in 26 parishes across Louisiana, including ten deaths attributed to the virus. Most of these cases have been reported in and around New Orleans.
While the best way to minimize transmission of the disease is to stay home as much as possible, we understand that many residents may still need to go out into the community to work, gather necessary supplies, or take care of their families. That’s why we gathered these Louisiana COVID-19 safety tips together from the government and other trusted resources to share with those who are not always able to practice social distancing.
Tip #1: Practice Good Hygiene
Preventing transmission of COVID-19 relies heavily on everyone practicing good hygiene. This means washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap frequently, including every time you use the restroom, before you eat, and after touching any public surfaces.
When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Also, avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes. Finally, wipe down shared spaces and surfaces regularly using sanitizing wipes or a mixture of soap and water.
Tip #2: Practice Social Distancing When Possible
The White House released new social distancing guidelines on March 16 encouraging people to limit gatherings to 10 people or less at a time. In addition, try to maintain a distance of at least six feet between you and others. Stay home when possible and only go out for essential items or services. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and limit your exposure to others.
For those with children at home because of school closures, you’ll also want to do what you can to keep them entertained and injury free. It’s also a good time to brush up on Louisiana child trespass laws as idle neighborhood kids may be tempted to enter your backyard to check out any objects of interest.
Tip #3: Resist the Urge to Panic Buy
An unfortunate side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a vicious cycle of panic-buying household items, including toilet paper, hand sanitizer, handsoap, canned food items, and medicine. As a result, grocery stores have become inundated by customers, culminating in empty shelves, overcrowding, and overworked employees.
Resist the temptation to go overboard with huge shopping trips. Not only does this make the shortages worse, it puts you and others at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Venture to the store only as needed, and try to avoid visiting at peak hours when foot traffic is at its highest.
Take extra precautions when you do go to the store—busier stores mean it’s more likely that the premises have not been properly maintained. Watch out for spills and tripping hazards to avoid a Louisiana slip and fall accident.
Also avoid engaging in fighting over items with other store patrons or for spots in the parking lot.
Tip #4: Travel with Caution
The safest way to travel during a pandemic is not to travel at all—however, Mike Brander Injury Attorneys understands that some travel may still be essential amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Whether you’re traveling by air, public transit, or by car, there are still things you can do to keep you and your family safe and avoid worsening the spread of disease.
If traveling to a city, state, or country, be sure to check the travel restrictions of your destination, including any precautions you must take. Keep tabs on the number of infections in the area as your trip approaches, and comply with all instructions and screenings required by security personnel.
If traveling by car or public transit, you may find that the roads are less congested than usual. Be sure to stay alert regardless. Sick, drowsy, or otherwise impaired drivers may still be on Louisiana roads, in addition to aggressive or reckless drivers. Stay calm and try not to give into road rage, since many other drivers may be on edge.
Injured During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The personal injury lawyers at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys know that life goes on regardless of the COVID-19 outbreak. We want our clients to know that our legal team will be available day or night if you suffer personal injury in spite of following these Louisiana COVID-19 safety tips. Although we may have to make adjustments to how we communicate, rest assured that Mike Brandner remains committed to fighting for the rights of injured clients.
To get in touch with a personal injury lawyer in Louisiana now, call one of the numbers listed below. You can also chat online with a live representative right now, or submit the details of your case using our secure contact form.