Be safe out there and have some fun at home while prepping for a night out during the Coronavirus season.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease and Risk
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This is a new virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. COVID-19 is spread just like colds or flu through:
* coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets
* close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
* touching an object or surface with the virus on it
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
* Shortness of breath
* In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
* Individual risk is dependent on exposure. Current risk assessment:
* For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
* People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low risk of exposure.
* Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
* Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
* Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure. (List is updated regularly at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html)
* If you are sick, call your provider to discuss your symptoms before you walk-in to a doctor’s office.
What You Can Do to Protect from Infectious Disease
While the immediate risk of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to most of the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
Preventing viral respiratory infections. Protect yourself from getting sick.
* wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
* use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
* avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
* avoid close contact with people who are sick
* stay home while you are sick
* avoid close contact with others
* cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
* clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for people who recently traveled from affected countries (list is updated regularly at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) and have fever and respiratory symptoms. Follow guidance provided to you by the health department. This guidance will be updated as needed.If you are a healthcare provider caring for a COVID-19 patient or a public health responder, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
If you have been in affected countries*or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
For people who are ill with diagnosed COVID-19 or seasonal influenza, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
There are currently no recommendations for the general population to wear face masks.
This content was originally published here.