– January 20, 2021
We're not too proud to admit it – our moms were right about handwashing, staying away from strangers, and so much more. And guess what? They're still right – their advice has never been more relevant than in this moment of COVID-19. So, instead of yet another public official telling you to stay safe, Gwinnett County has turned to a source we all trust: Gwinnett moms. #ListenToGwinnettMoms is more than a safety campaign. It's a way for moms to share their care with the rest of us. And here's what they have to say.
COVID-19 Safety Guidelines – Written by Experts, Approved by Moms
Turns out, moms and the experts agree on a lot – especially when it comes to staying safe.
The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed. Here are some other tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around people who don't live with you
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
- If you can't wash your hands, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands
- Protect yourself from others by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people
- Stay at home if you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily
Stay Up to Date on the Vaccine Rollout
The Georgia Department of Public Health has the latest information about COVID-19 vaccine distribution in our state. Visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccination page for information about the COVID-19 distribution phases; a status dashboard where you can see data about the amount of vaccines allocated, shipped, and administered to Georgians; and a list of locations where appointments are available.
Test Yourself. Not Your Mother's Patience.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, schedule a test ASAP. Because if you don't, you can bet your mother will.
Free drive-through testing is available from our local health department. Visit the Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale County Health Departments webpage to make an appointment.
You should also take care of your mental health during this time. The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. See more information from the CDC about managing stress and anxiety during the pandemic.
Parents, family members, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.
Stay in the Know. And Call Your Mother.
While there's no scientific evidence that calling your mom prevents the spread of COVID-19, it can't hurt.
You can find the latest information about COVID-19 from trusted, mom-approved resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and GNR Health. For more information about COVID-19, see these resources :
- Latest updates about Gwinnett County government services
- COVID-19 information from the Gwinnett-Newton-Rockdale County Health Departments
- COVID-19 information from the Georgia Department of Public Health
- COVID-19 information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
If you're a Gwinnett mom or just have some motherly COVID-19 advice to offer up, Gwinnett invites you to join the conversation on our social channels at @GwinnettGov and by using #ListenToGwinnettMoms. You can also submit your motherly wisdom at GCGA.us/Momisms for a chance to be featured in the campaign.