Latinos suffer higher rates of illness, hospitalizations, and death brought by COVID-19. Our healthcare system is straining. Our essential workers on the front lines risk exposure for a paycheck.
As Latinos, we are resilient. But part of our resiliency requires action.
Our team at Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio created this “Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19” bilingual campaign to encourage you─juntos/together─ to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in all aspects of our daily lives. From skipping get-togethers with la familia to wearing a mask and physical distancing, we can reduce the spread of this raging virus.
Take these 4 actions today:
1. Understand we’re all in this together─juntos.
When a new virus strikes, like COVID-19, misinformation and fear can spread quickly.
But there are some things we know: coronavirus is killing people, particularly Latinos and those with preexisting conditions (called comorbidities); the virus is straining hospitals, families, and economic systems; the virus is contagious before or without symptoms; tests can identify the disease and prevent further exposure; and researchers around the world are working on a vaccine.
We also know that infection prevention measures work. Latinos can immediately change some habits and interactions to slow the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask and care for it properly; avoid public places, or at least get together safely, familia; and know what to do if you’re exposed.
A life with a little inconvenience is still a life worth living.
READ MORE: Full Campaign Summary (PDF)
SHARE WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS IN ENGLISH: Here are the key actions every Latino can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19! #JuntosStopCovid salud.to/juntosstopcovid
SHARE WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS IN SPANISH: Estas son las acciones principales que cada latino puede emprender para evitar la propagación del COVID-19. #JuntosStopCovid salud.to/covidespanol
2. Wear a face mask─and care for it properly.
When you wear a mask, you protect your familia, friends, and others from getting sick.
Masks are scientifically proven to limit the spread of coronaviruses by catching the tiny water droplets we all make when we breathe, talk, or cough. Those droplets are too small to see. But they carry the coronavirus, which can land on someone else’s mouth, nose, or eyes.
Of course, it is important you wear a mask properly, over both your nose and mouth (not touching the outside of the mask or your face, but by removing it by untying it or lifting off the ear loops). Also, keep it dry while using, and wash it daily.
My mask protects you and your familia, from the niños to the abuelos. Your mask protects me and my familia. And we can’t just wear a mask in public. We have to wear a mask even with family or friends. The more community participation in wearing a mask and caring for it properly, the greater the benefit for all.
SHARE WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS IN ENGLISH: I wear my mask and wash it every day because I care about you, I care about your family and mine, and I care about my community. #JuntosStopCovid salud.to/juntosstopcovid
SHARE WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS IN SPANISH: Yo uso mi mascarilla y la lavo cada día porque me preocupo por usted, por mi familia y la suya, y por mi comunidad. #JuntosStopCovid salud.to/covidespanol
3. Avoid public places, or at least get together safely, familia.
Quarantine fatigue is real.
But the surest way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home. Avoid public places and indoor get-togethers as much as possible. This includes restaurants, movie theaters, and amusement parks, as well as cookouts/carne asadas, birthday celebrations, baby showers, and dinners with family and friends who don’t live with you.
When going to work or essential destinations, follow key infection prevention measures: wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, and maintain 6 feet physical distance between others, even family and friends. As soon as anyone in your household returns home, ensure they wash their hands and mask.
If you are going to get together with people outside your household, the best way to reduce risk is to establish a small “quarantine group” with family/friends from one or two other households and follow the safety tips above. Remember to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
SHARE WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS IN ENGLISH: Mi familia means so much to me. The least I can do now is stay home or avoid hanging out with people who don’t respect our desire to wear face masks and maintain 6 feet distance. #JuntosStopCovid salud.to/juntosstopcovid
SHARE WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS IN SPANISH: Mi familia significa mucho para mí. Lo menos que puedo hacer ahora es quedarme en casa o evitar reunirme con gente que no respeta nuestro deseo de usar mascarillas y mantener 6 pies de distancia. #JuntosStopCovid salud.to/covidespanol
4. Know what to do if you’re exposed, or test positive.
You may get a call from a public health worker, familia, or friend that someone you recently came in contact with tested positive for COVID-19. They may have exposed you.
Exposure is contact within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes. It also is providing care to someone who is infected. If you are exposed, you are at potential risk for developing and spreading the infection for 14 days after the exposure.
If you find out you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, stay home for 14 days. Do not go to work, school, or public places or gatherings. You should also: avoid contact with or sharing items with household members; clean/disinfect phones, counters, doorknobs, etc.; wear a mask and stay physically distant for essential trips; and monitor twice daily for symptoms (fever, chills, cough, breathing difficulty, loss of taste/smell, etc.).
Anyone who develops symptoms should get tested immediately and follow health care providers’ orders.
SHARE WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS IN ENGLISH: From the niños to the abuelos, anyone can be exposed to COVID-19. Here is what to do if exposed! #JuntosStopCovid salud.to/juntosstopcovid
SHARE WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS IN SPANISH: De niños a abuelos, todos pueden quedar expuestos al COVID-19. Esto es lo que hay que hacer si estuvo expuesto. #JuntosStopCovid salud.to/covidespanol
Salud America!, a national Latino health equity organization based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, created and launched the #JuntosStopCovid campaign in September 2020.
The program creates culturally relevant and research-based stories, videos, and tools to inspire people to start and support healthy changes to improve health equity for Latinos and all people.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides program support.
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