GSHG Volunteers –
By now we're sure you’ve all heard about the coronavirus and its global (now US) impact. We want to share information provided by the CDC so that you will be informed by a reliable source and know the recommended protocol. Although it seems clear that the virus will spread, there are steps we can all take to minimize the impact of the virus in our own respective spaces. The practices suggested are good ones to use all the time; keep in mind many more people still get (and die from) the flu annually. However, the coronavirus is more easily transferred, and there is currently no vaccine to prevent it.
Below you will find general information about the virus and its symptoms, as well as methods of protection and prevention. There are several steps included but, if you read no further than this paragraph, here are two important takeaways: 1) Wash your hands often, and 2) If you have a fever or other flu-like symptoms, please stay home.
Moreover, if you are registered for Thinking Day or another upcoming program and are experiencing flu like symptoms, medical professionals advise that you stay home. We will refund your money.
From the CDC’s Website:
The novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
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.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing (Tip: Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice).
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Kid Friendly Information (from NPR):
Here is an easier way to understand this topic for the kids in your orbit.
For more complete information, check the CDC’s website (links below)
We don’t need to panic, but we do need to take action. Be prepared!