Coronavirus Update

How to Protect Yourself

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How to Protect Yourself

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it in the trash. Immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

 

How do I know the difference between a cold, allergies, flu and COVID-19.

  • Cold or allergy symptoms typically include itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing.
  • Flu or coronavirus symptoms include fever, fatigue, body aches, cough, and worsening symptoms.
  • Coronavirus symptoms may also include shortness of breath. The individual will often have a history of recent international travel and/or exposure to someone testing positive for the virus.

 

I Think I Have COVID-19. What should I do?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following if you think you have been exposed to or have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Stay home. People who have mild symptoms are instructed to isolate themselves at home.
  • Avoid public areas. Do not go to work or school.
  • Do not use any form of public transportation including buses, ride-sharing or taxis.
  • Stay away from others in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible to limit their exposure.
  • Limit contact with pets/animals. It is still unknown if COVID-19 affects animals.
  • Don’t share personal household items like dishes, glasses, utensils, towels, and bedding. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
  • Clean and disinfect “high touch” areas frequently.
  • Monitor your symptoms and contact your health care provider if your symptoms worsen. Be sure to tell the provider if you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.

 

What else can I do to be prepared?

State health departments advise taking these measures in the event

  • Keep basic health supplies on hand including pain relievers, cough, cold and stomach medications, and a thermometer.
  • Refill prescription medications if necessary.
  • Have an adequate supply of tissues, soap and hand sanitizer.

 

For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus website.

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