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Coronavirus - Frequently Asked Questions

How is this coronavirus transmitted?
This is a new coronavirus strain (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or (SARS-CoV-2)) —only identified in December 2019— that is causing the disease Covid-19. Investigations are ongoing, but it’s believed people with the virus transmit it mainly through droplets created when they talk, cough, and sneeze. Touching contaminated objects puts the infected droplets onto your hands, which can enter your nose, eyes, and/or mouth when you touch your face. For the latest information, visit the CDC's website.
How can we prevent transmitting this virus (and others like seasonal flu)?
Maintain good personal hygiene and ensure safe food practices.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available.
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or sleeve to avoid contaminating your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Ensure food, including eggs, is cooked thoroughly.
  • Do not share food, drink, or personal items.
  • Get your flu vaccine.
Other recommendations for potentially avoiding exposure include:
  • Do not visit wet markets (a market selling fresh meat, fish, produce, and other perishable goods) or farms.
  • Avoid direct contact with animals (live or dead) and their environment.
  • Do not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with droppings.
  • Avoid contact with stray animals (cats, dogs, rodents, birds, and bats).
  • Keep some distance from people who are obviously sick. Don’t let them cough or sneeze on you.
  • Avoid activities where you are likely to be exposed to large groups of people.
  • Do not travel if you are sick.
What should I do if I’m think I have been exposed to COVID-19?
Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, particularly if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.  Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19 and/or can advise on treating symptoms.
 
Preparedness:
What tips can you share for an emergency preparedness plan?
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For this, and any emergency, it is a good idea for every individual and family to have an emergency preparedness plan. Some tips include:
  • Store a two-week supply of water and food including for your pets.
  • Periodically check you and your family (including pets) have any regular prescription drugs stocked to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records (for you and your pets) from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they (and their pets) would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
  • Learn how your children’s schools plan to handle any outbreak.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Where can I find more info?
We recommend visiting the Department of Homeland Security's Ready.gov disaster preparedness site,
 

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