Here’s what we know

  • On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization has categorized COVID-19 as a pandemic — the global outbreak of a new infectious disease.
  • On March 13, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, opening the door for more federal aid for states and local government.
  • It produces upper respiratory flu-like symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  • It spreads easily from person-to-person via coughing or sneezing.
  • Older adults and people with chronic lung or heart conditions or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for serious complications.
  • There is currently no vaccine, and one isn’t expected for 12-18 months.

Why all of these extraordinary measures are absolutely the right thing to do

Universities moving to online-only classes. Corporations enacting mass work-from-home policies. Sports leagues canceling or postponing seasons. All the talk of “social distancing.” Will it make a difference?

Health Care System Capacity

Yes, it will. Every step we take to slow the spread of Coronavirus:

  • Ensures that health systems do not get overwhelmed with patients, outpacing their capacity.
  • Gives labs more time to ramp up testing capabilities and capacity.
  • Offers the world time to discover, test, and manufacture a vaccine which could take up to 18 months.
  • Gives physicians more time to figure out the best medication and treatment plans — and to manufacture and distribute enough of them — for those who are infected.
  • Enables researchers to reduce the unknowns and share facts on how it spreads, its death rates, and whether it can reoccur.
  • Allows the supply chain a chance to catch up on demand for personal protective equipment and respirators.
  • Enables those suffering from non-Coronavirus-related health conditions to continue to receive care without disruption.
  • Protects those most at risk in our community — the elderly and chronically-ill.

How you can help limit the spread of Coronavirus

  • If you’re sick, stay home.
  • Avoid large crowds. If you have to be out, maintain a distance of at least six feet from anyone who is sneezing, wheezing or coughing.
  • Avoid any unnecessary travel.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
  • Make a plan for your family, and check in on elderly neighbors or those with underlying conditions.
  • Make sure you have enough groceries and household supplies to last at least two weeks.
  • If you take prescription medications, make sure you have at least a 30-day supply. Many retail pharmacies offer home delivery; check to see if yours does.
  • Commonly used surfaces — clean them, often.
  • Eat a balanced diet and get enough sleep.

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