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ABOUT COVID-19

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Schools are closed. Our students are missed. This is a serious public health threat.

ABOUT COVID-19 Adapted from the CDC:

  


Adapted from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • A person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose,      or possibly their eyes.

How to protect yourself and others:

  • This pandemic is a serious public health threat.  Respond appropriately.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.

What to do in your home:

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops,      light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.
     

What to do if you or a household member is sick:

· Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

·  Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.

· Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

· Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

· Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

· If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

· If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a facemask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.

The following symptoms may appear: 

· Fever

· Cough

· Shortness of breath

· If you develop emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately.  Emergency warning signs include*:

o Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

o Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

o New confusion or inability to arouse

o Bluish lips or face.

o This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

 

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