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Corona Virus: Safety and Readiness Tips

The novel Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has so far infected 96,000 people, worldwide, with 7,100 of them classified as serious. 87 countries and territories have been affected with major outbreaks in China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. So far, more than 3,300 people have died, but more than 53,000 people have recovered.

The following symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

Please call your doctor if you develop these symptoms or encountered a person with similar symptoms or have recently traveled to/from an area with widespread community spread of COVID-19.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and with the recent reports of infections across the globe, we highly encourage everyone to review safety measures and follow the following protocols laid out by the CDC, WHO, federal, state, and local health departments:

  • 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. Avoid close contact with anyone who may appear to be sick

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (or into your elbow), then throw the tissue in the trash

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

With regards to facemasks, the CDC does not recommend using facemasks. Facemasks should only be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings.