Unity doesn’t have to mean being close together. At a time when it is unsafe to gather in person, we can still unite in spirit by taking steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. Kansas businesses, schools, hospitals, communities and even lives depend on it.
Our state motto, ad astra per aspera – to the stars through difficulties – reminds us that doing what it takes for Kansas to thrive is foundational to who we are. Right now, here’s what it takes:
Wearing a mask reduces transmission, protecting you and others. Universal masking also prevents the need for lockdowns, so if we all mask up, Kansas can remain open safely. Be sure to fully cover your mouth and nose.
Soap and water weaken the virus by destroying its “coat” and rinsing it away. Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
COVID-19 often spreads among people who are within six feet of each other for a prolonged period of time. To reduce exposure, stay six feet away from people who don’t live in your home, especially if they’re not wearing masks.
Large social gatherings can increase the spread of coronavirus – not just among guests, but also to each of their families, coworkers, etc. For now, keep it safe by gathering virtually, especially during cold winter months.
Separately, each action helps – but together, they create a strong line of defense. When Kansans practice these steps they can reduce COVID-19 pressures on Kansas hospitals and health care providers, so they don’t become overwhelmed with more patients than resources. By doing these things, you will help Kansas businesses, schools and other services safely remain open.
Share the resources on this page to show you follow the four steps and encourage your fellow Kansans to do the same. Additional information and resources are available below. Create a statewide conversation using #StopTheSpreadKansas.
On behalf of Kansas hospitals, businesses, schools, community organizations and citizens across the state, thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Kansas.