Coronavirus: Prevention Not PanicMarch 3, 2020 |
The first thing to do is educate yourself.
The vast majority of cases are going to be mild, and people are going to recover just like they do from a cold or flu-like illness, experts say. While researchers are still learning about the new coronavirus, most people sickened by it appear to not get all that ill. Those most at-risk for severe symptoms include senior citizens and/or people with underlying medical conditions, such as cardiovascular or lung disease, cancer or diabetes.
As of 3/03/2020, there has been no community spread of the virus in Maricopa County. There is currently 1 presumptive positive case and 1 recovered case in Maricopa County. To keep up-to-date, bookmark https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home for the most current and accurate information.
Next, minimize your risk. (According to the CDC)
- Wash your hands. Using soap and water, lather up for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. This is especially important after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Cover your cough or sneeze. Use a tissue that you can throw away. And, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth since the virus is transmitted through the respiratory system.
- Stay home if you’re sick and keep sick children home. Chances are you don’t have the virus, but officials advise staying home if you don’t feel well. And, if you suspect you may have coronavirus, call your healthcare provider.
- Keep surfaces clean. Use a disinfecting cleaning spray or wipes on high-touch surfaces like light switches, doorknobs, your phone, and remote controls.
- Stay away from sick people. One thing we know about the virus is that it is very contagious.
- Don’t buy a facemask…yet: If you’re not sick, not a healthcare worker, and not caring for someone who has the virus, there is no need to wear a facemask. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease.
The following official websites are good sources of additional information: