Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by COVID – 19. This disease was first detected in Wuhan City in China. CDC is following this rapidly evolving heath situation. On January 31, 2020, the United States declared a public health emergency to help the healthcare community respond to COVID-19. Exposure to COVID -19 comes from travel to China or direct contact with someone who has COVID – 19.
The following are some practical measures that a person can take to help stop the spread of the virus:
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Find additional CDC resources on how to clean and disinfect schools.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.
- Avoid contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
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Below are some information links on the virus:
CDC Coronavirus 2019 Homepage https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization Coronavirus 2019 Homepage https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
State Public Health Department http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx