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What is Coronavirus?

An Overview (Edited from CDC.gov)


On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. The new name of this disease is “coronavirus disease 2019,” abbreviated as COVID-19. 

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Face-masks: CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face-mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. A face-mask should be used by people who have COVID-19 to protect others from the risk of getting infected. Face-masks are crucial for health workers and other people taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 either at home or in a health care facility.

Hand washing: Frequent hand washing is essential for prevention. Soap and water remain the best options for hand washing. When in public, a small bottle of water and one drop of dish soap for each ounce of water will provide good protection. Over-the-counter hand sanitizers, while convenient, are not necessary to clean your hands.  

Symptoms: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you are an older individual, and have a previous respiratory, cardiac, or allergy diagnosis please contact your healthcare provider. 

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website at the above link. . . .

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What you can do now . . . 

1. What to do if you're sick: Call your doctor and stay home. (Download)


2. Sew, or ask a friend to sew, a non-surgical face mask for you and your family. Note: A homemade face mask prevents you from misting the air as you speak and protects other people.


3. Wash your hands often with warm water and soap, especially when you come home from an errand for groceries or a prescription.  


4. Don’t touch your face when out in public.   


5. Tips for cleaning, disinfecting your home and your phone. (Download)


6. What you need to do to get your government stimulus check. (Download)


7. Working from home? Eight important ergonomic tips. (Download)


8. Ten coronavirus myths debunked. (Download)


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