The COVID-19 situation is still fluid, but one thing that has remained unchanged is to take precautions now.
KEEP UP TO DATE
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak. Get a big-picture view of the situation by reviewing information from CDC and WHO which are updated on a daily basis. Review more pertinent, local information for our local news outlets on TV and newspapers. Wherever you look up information, be sure the information is from a credible source. DO NOT pass on rumors and false information creating Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.
WHAT IS CURRENTLY KNOWN
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
- People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus
- Suspected COVID-19 infections are linked to travel in areas where cases have been reported, or close contact with someone who has travelled in these areas and has become ill
- Transmitted by Person-to-Person Contact
- The most common transmission of all Coronaviruses is Airborne (sneezing and coughing)
- The second most common transmission is through Close Contact with an infected person (shaking hands or being within 6 feet of person)
- Coronavirus may possibly be transmitted by contacting a Contaminated Surface and then rubbing/touching your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth
- There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19
Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include Fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Take care of your own health because YOU need to be healthy in order to protect yourself and your loved ones. You also want to protect others in your circle of friends and your community. What can you do?
- STARTING WITH YOU
- Wash your hands regularly. Use hand sanitizers if not able to wash with soap and water
- Maintain at least 6 feet distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid your face entirely
- When you cough/sneeze, COVER your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue
- Stay home if you feel unwell/sick. If you must go somewhere, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
- CLEAN YOUR ENVIRONMENT DAILY
- Clean the surfaces/items you commonly come in contact with DAILY. Then disinfect with an appropriate disinfectant. Be careful not to inhale fumes from the cleaning/disinfecting products.
- Clean and disinfect: Mouse and Keyboard, buttons/switches on equipment you use, desk/table surfaces, door panels, knobs, levers
• Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Main Resource
• Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Flyers For Your Office
• World Health Organization COVID-19 Main Resource
• World Health Organization COVID-19 Rolling Updates