Published on October 26, 2021

swiss cheese and germ illustration

Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19: A Cheesy Illustration

COVID-19 is highly contagious. Millions of Americans have contracted the virus, and hundreds of thousands have died from complications.

It’s vitally important to be on high alert to implement ways to minimize the spread of infection.

“Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility,” David Basel, MD, who serves as Avera Medical Group Clinical Quality Vice President. “The consistent, small decisions you make can have a big impact on your health or the health of your coworkers, family or older relatives.”

Simply staying home when you’re unwell or washing your hands after using the restroom might not be enough. Incorporating multiple strategies of COVID-19 prevention purposefully throughout your day is effective in fighting the spread of infection.

“Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection against COVID-19,” said Basel. "It's now available for everyone 5 and older."

Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19: A Cheesy Illustration

The Swiss Cheese Model shows that no single step can perfectly prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For an ideal outcome, you should stack multiple slices of cheese to reduce the spread of germs and viruses.

swiss cheese model infographic

Avera offers several valuable resources about the spread of COVID-19, symptoms to watch out for, and frequently asked questions. There are also Avera COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics located near you.

Check out our resource page for more information about COVID-19.

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Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.