The CDC has advised Americans to take precautions and make preparations to deal with a outbreak of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the United States. While the media hype surrounding the illness can seem overblown, it’s important to not write off the risk this virus poses to Americans’ daily lives.
The Coronavirus Facts As We Know Them:
- Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, runny nose, cough and trouble breathing.
- Most people only develop mild symptoms, through there is more significant risk to elderly, young or immunocompromised individuals
- The virus spreads in close contact, mainly through respiratory droplets produced by in infected individuals coughs or sneezes.
- Touching mucus membranes (eyes, nose or mouth) after contact with the virus on a surface or object is also a possible, albeit less likely way to contract the virus.
- The disease has spread to at least 233 people in the U.S., through 22 states and has killed 14 people.
Being A Responsible Citizen
- Wash your hands often & for a minimum of 30 seconds
- Refrain from touching your face
- Cough & sneeze into elbows
- Stay home when ill, except to receive medial care
- Disinfect surfaces frequently
- Vaccinate yourself against the flu to avoid being unnecessarily compromised
- Prepare some extra grocery in the event you need to stay in for a bit.
- Don’t panic, prepare!
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