COVID-19: Health & Safety Steps You Can Take

COVID-19: Health & Safety Steps

COVID-19 Situation

The COVID-19 pandemic tops the list of problems in the United States and the world today. Health & safety steps you can take to help slow down the spread of the virus will make a difference in how this situation progresses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 1,342,594 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19, in the United States as of May 13, 2020. Today 26 states report more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19.  The CDC is monitoring this developing situation and providing recommendations and updates that can be found here.

The Novel Coronavirus

The World Health Organization was first alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, on December 31, 2019. These respiratory illnesses did not match any known strain of pneumonia or other viruses. Chinese health officials confirmed a week later that the virus was new, and that it belonged to the same family of viruses as the common cold, SARS and MERS.

It appears that Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19) can spread from person to person, and the first known case of this happening in the U.S. was confirmed on January 30. Symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19) include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. The illness can progress to pneumonia in both lungs, which can be fatal. There is currently no preventative vaccine or antiviral treatment for the virus, though research into the development of a vaccine and treatment options is ongoing.

COVID-19: Health & Safety Steps You Can Take

Everyone can take steps to slow the spread. Here are ten easy steps to help prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus:

1.) Avoid travel to areas hardest hit by the virus.

2.) Follow precautions that help prevent the spread of other viruses such as colds and influenza.

3.) Avoid exposure to individuals who have the virus.

4.) Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds before touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

5.) If you are sick, stay home.

6.) Use a tissue to cover your mouth when coughing or your nose when sneezing. Immediately deposit used tissues into a trash bin.

7.) Disinfect any frequently touched surfaces.

8.) Practice social distancing. Maintain a 6 foot distance from other people in public areas.

9.) Wear a face mask in situations where social distancing is difficult.

10.) Follow state and federal guidelines for health and safety.

Keep Doing Your Part

As the novel coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, each person must continue do his or her part to slow it down. By following health and safety steps we can work together to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in our communities and the world.

 

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