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.
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?
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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