Facts You Need to Know

Who Is at Risk?
While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others. 

How It Spreads

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Protect Yourself
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Prevent Spreading
If you suspect that you have contracted the virus, follow these steps:
- Call you health care provider before going to the Dr. or hospital
- Isolate yourself and self-quarantine
- Isolate yourself from your family 
- Work from home instead of going to the office
- Clean common areas & ‘high-touch’ services
- Wear a face mask & cough into your elbow or tissue
- Use one container for tissues & soiled cleaning wipes
- Monitor your symptoms
- Get clearance from healthcare provider before going back in public

Common Myths
- Antibiotics work on viruses
- Pneumonia vaccines prevent the virus
- Spraying your body with chlorine prevents the virus
- A hot bath or hand dryers will kill the virus
- Using products made in China or other infected countries will harm you
- Rinsing your nose with saline solutions prevents the virus
- Your pet can transmit the disease
- Eating garlic will prevent the virus
- Eating at your local Chinese, Italian, Korean, or Mediterranean restaurant is dangerous

Self Care Strategies
- Acknowledge your situation
- Keep things in perspective
- Set realistic expectations
- Get adequate rest Maintain a healthy diet
- Cut back on unhealthy habits
- Implement stress-management practices
Deep breathing • Progressive relaxation • Guided imagery • Gratitude)

Helping Children Cope
-Talk to them honestly
-Acknowledge their concerns
-Give them reassurance
-Model good coping skills
-Moderate & monitor TV and social media
-Maintain normal schedules and routines
-Encourage positive activities
-Give children control of activities, clothes, food, etc

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