Coronavirus: Important Information You Need To Know

The pandemic reached us over a year ago. Business, schools and colleges are reopening. We have learned a lot about what seems to keep the virus at bay: masks, physical distancing, and avoiding indoor settings as much as possible.

Now, we have 3 vaccines that are helping us turn the table on this pandemic that are safe and effective.  Vaccines are one of the tools we have to fight the pandemic.

Get up to date vaccination info directly from the CDC HERE.

Find out who gets the vaccine first HERE.

Learn about the new variants of Covid-19 Here.

CDC Facts That You Should Know:

Know How It Spreads:

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • 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, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Wash Your Hands:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Cover Your Mouth And Nose With A Cloth Face Cover When Around Others:

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Check out these face masks from black designers.

Do Not Get Too Close:

Cover Coughs And Sneezes:

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Keep It Clean:

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA registered Household disinfectants will work.

Additional Resources:

* Sources:

* AP News: Racial toll of virus grows even starker as more data emerges, By Kat Stafford, Meghan Hoyer and Arron Morrison, April 18, 2020
* CNN: This is where all 50 states stand on reopening, Alaa Elassar, CNN, April 20, 2020 Racial toll of virus grows even starker as more data emerges, By Kat Stafford, Meghan Hoyer and Arron Morrison, April 18, 2020
* The COVID Tracking Project: Current US Historical Tracking Data. (The COVID Tracking project is a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic.)
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