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Elect to Protect Your Health When Voting

Courtesy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Blue Cross shares tips to avoid spreading COVID-19, seasonal illnesses at the polls

Posted: Nov 2, 2020 11:09 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. – With record turnout predicted for Election Day 2020, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other seasonal illnesses and to avoid making others sick.

Things you can do when heading to your local voting precinct that can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses include:

· Wearing a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. Remember that Louisiana has a statewide mandate that requires residents to wear face masks in public.

· Keeping at least six feet between you and other voters while waiting in line.

· Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water before leaving to vote and again when you get home. And, carrying hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol with you to clean your hands if washing is not an option.

· Using disposable gloves or finger coverings or bringing a stylus or other object you can use to press buttons when voting, to avoid touching them with your bare hands.

· Bringing your own pen so you will not have to use a shared one to sign documents.

And, early November is a good time to get your flu shot if you have not already. This will give you the best protection against the influenza virus heading into the later months of the year, when cases typically peak. See health tips for staying healthy this season in this video (1:22).

You can visit the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana YouTube page to see short videos with the clinical team and others discussing various health topics. Subscribe to know when new videos are added. You can also connect with Blue Cross on social media for regular updates.

For information on what Blue Cross is doing for members during COVID-19, visit www.bcbsla.com/covid19. For more information about avoiding seasonal illnesses, visit www.bcbsla.com/KeepUpWithCare.

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