Message from Rep. Lynch on COVID-19

As America continues to recover from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is crucial that we remain informed, vigilant, and up-to-date on news, best practices, preventative measures and health recommendations for our community. Listed below are resources regarding the status of the virus. I will continue to closely monitor this situation and work in coordination with partners at all levels of government to ensure our community remains safe.

LOCAL MASK MANDATE

On August 27th, 2021, Boston Mayor Kim Janey announced face masks are required in all indoor settings in the City of Boston. More information on the mandate can be found here: https://www.boston.gov/news/mayor-janey-announces-indoor-mask-mandate-city-boston

MASSACHUSETTS VACCINE UPDATE

People age 12+ who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can get vaccinated against COVID-19.

People ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.  People age 18 and older can get any vaccine.  The vaccine is free, safe and effective and you do not need an ID or insurance to get it.

COVID-19 vaccine locations can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

Information on COVID-19

If you experience flu-like symptoms or any fever, cough, shortness of breath, and have recently traveled or come into contact with someone known to have COVID-19, call your doctor or healthcare provider. Do not go to the ER or Urgent Care without calling them in advance. Do not go out in public if you are experiencing symptoms. If you are having difficulties contacting a healthcare provider you can call 211 for assistance with any service within Massachusetts.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19:

  • COVID-19’s symptoms are similar to the flu, and tend to appear between two and 14 days after exposure
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Most people only experience a mild illness with the symptoms described above, but about 20 percent of cases are more severe, requiring care from a medical professional. Individuals with prior respiratory issues, compromised immune systems and seniors are among those at a higher risk for more severe illness.

BEST PRACTICES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS:

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Avoid close contact

  • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.”