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Were You or Your Family Members Negligently Exposed to COVID-19 in Louisiana?

It’s always your goal to protect yourself and your family members. COVID-19 has become a pandemic – and the number of cases for people testing positive for the virus in Louisiana is on the rise.

You need to identify whether you were negligently exposed to COVID-19 while in Louisiana, regardless of whether you are a resident or if you were visiting the area. Additionally, you need to know what you can do to protect yourself from being one of the positive cases.

At The Law Office of John W. Redmann LLC, we are here to support you during this scary time where cases are appearing daily. If you have been exposed to the virus out of negligence, we want to help.

CDC Recommendations for Social Distancing

Social distancing is a new term that is being used by Hopkins Medical as well as the media. It requires people to be smart about the distance that they place between themselves and others to avoid spreading germs. It’s impossible to know whether someone is a carrier or not. Often, it can take up to two weeks for a person to start exhibiting symptoms if they do have the coronavirus.

With social distancing, you should limit the number of people you encounter daily. Additionally, you should:

  • Stop handshaking
  • Work in well-ventilated spaces
  • Avoid gating in crowds
  • Use online transactions when possible
  • Regularly disinfect

By following these recommendations, it makes it easier to avoid coming into contact with someone who might have the virus. It is also why states across the country have canceled graduations, conventions, conferences, special events and more. Whenever there is a large group gathering, it can pose serious medical threats with the pandemic. Some states are limiting gatherings to 50 while others are being even more cautious and limiting gatherings to only 10.

Quarantines and the Need to “Self-Quarantine”

Anyone who has traveled from areas where there is a large outbreak of COVID-19, including China, Italy, and Germany, are required to go into quarantine. Thousands of people have had to be quarantined because of either flying or being on a cruise ship. These are among the people who have gotten the first rounds of tests for the coronavirus as well.

Not everyone who traveled went into quarantine, however. This has led to the spread of the virus as people didn’t take the precautions seriously or simply didn’t want to be “inconvenienced” with having to stay at home for a period of time to see if they developed any symptoms.

Further, the government is asking people to “self-quarantine” themselves if they are feeling sick or have a family member in their home who is sick. The most common symptoms associated with the coronavirus include shortness of breath, coughing, and fever. If you have these symptoms, you should stay at home for up to two weeks until the symptoms subside. Of course, if you feel as though you’re getting worse, you should head to the hospital or to one of the nearby testing stations – and there are several of these being established around New Orleans.

Those who don’t self-quarantine are putting countless people at risk. While it might be inconvenient to be self-quarantined, it’s for the greater good as there are many parts of the population who are at risk, including those who are elderly and those who have compromised immune systems.

Hand Washing and Disinfecting

The CDC has been promoting the need for people to wash hands. This is a healthy habit that has always been around, though it has served as an important reminder in light of the pandemic. There are five steps to healthy handwashing that can help prevent the spread of germs:

  1. Wet
  2. Lather
  3. Scrub
  4. Rinse
  5. Dry

Using soap and water for 20 seconds is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hand sanitizer is a secondary option when soap and water are not available. It should not be used as the first line of defense. Further, hand sanitizer must have ethanol levels higher than 60% or isopropanol higher than 70% in order to be effective.

Additionally, surfaces need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly. This is important in any area that is heavily used, whether it’s a register counter, a seat in a medical facility, or even a restaurant’s serving counter.

Businesses need to remind their employees about hand washing and disinfecting. Further, individuals need to remember the same things as it will allow the virus to stop spreading. The coronavirus has already mutated once. It’s easily contractable, which is why the need to wash hands and disinfect surfaces is so critical. At The Law Office of John W. Redmann LLC, we want to make sure that everyone is following the recommendations to keep everyone in the state we love as safe as possible.

What happens when the guidelines aren’t followed?

A quick glimpse at the rise in cases across Louisiana is proof of what happens when people don’t follow the guidelines. The CDC has identified that not everyone is going to show symptoms of the virus. This means that a person could be a carrier. When this happens, that person may spread COVID-19 to dozens if not hundreds of other people because of not following the guidelines.

The reason that cities are imposing curfews and lockdowns are that people don’t want to follow the guidelines. Restaurants and bars are being closed. Schools are closed until mid-April. Even beaches are being closed. Meanwhile, city police departments are monitoring the areas to ensure that everyone is compliant.

As individuals and restaurants decide not to follow the guidelines, they’re being negligent. They’re a risk to public safety. This is when you can be exposed to COVID-19 – as a result of someone else’s negligence. There may be legal steps that you can take in order to hold a person or business accountable for their negligence, too.

At The Law Office of John W. Redmann LLC, we are here to help. If you have concerns about the virus and being negligently exposed, contact us online or call us at 504-500-5000 to set up a consultation.