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Important Information Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The World Health Organization has declared the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, with cases confirmed in almost every nation on Earth.

Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found  here.

Up-to-date information from the World Health Organization can be found  here.

For more information on COVID-19 and on appropriate measures to take in your home and community, please read these topics in the Network of Care Library:


Relevant Videos on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19, 2019-nCoV)?

The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is currently known as “novel coronavirus” (COVID-19), meaning it is a strain of virus not previously seen in humans. This virus presents as an upper respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the common flu and is spreading person-to-person. The virus has caused death, but cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness including pneumonia, depending on a variety of factors that are not yet fully known.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, AND WHO IS AT RISK?

Symptoms reported for patients with the virus have included runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, and a general feeling of being unwell. The CDC has indicated that individuals may begin to experience the symptoms of the virus 2-14 days after exposure. Individuals who have recently traveled to affected geographic areas and individuals who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient are most at risk.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE?

A COVID-19 outbreak could go on for an extended period of time, so you need to create a household plan of action so you will be prepared. The CDC has guidelines to help families create a plan of action, regarding personal health habits for the home, preparations for a temporary closure of school, childcare facilities, or workplace, and how to plan. Visit the  CDC website for more detailed information.

HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Coronavirus “SCAM ALERT” Warning

Scam artists may post, email and text to promote false information about “cases” of the disease in your neighborhood that do not exist, as well as bogus prevention medication in order to obtain your personal information and your money. They also may ask you to donate to victims through a sham charity or offer “advice” about false treatments for the disease. If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, contact your local law enforcement agency.