Coronavirus: Important Information You Need To Know
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States.
It is important that we learn how to keep ourselves and our families safe from this virus and Bounce wants to share information you can use to do just that.
Here’s What You Should Know:
Global efforts at this time are focused concurrently on containing the spread and mitigating the impact of the virus. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat. The response is multilayered, with the goal of detecting and minimizing introductions of the virus in the United States.
How it Spreads and Symptoms
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.
- Shortness of breath
How can I protect myself and my family
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hand
- Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
- Cover you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with any disposable wipe.
- If you’ve recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of health officials.
What can I do to prepare?
You can prepare for the possible disruption caused by an outbreak by doing the following:
- Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family.
- Make a child-care plan if you or a care giver are sick.
- Get your flu shot.
- Make arrangements about how your family will manage a school closure.
- Make a plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself.