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Preventing Corona Virus

Not unlike flu season, the corona virus will undoubtedly spread across the country in short order.    

  • As you are all aware, viruses often get spread prior to any symptoms showing up. 
  • This means that none of us really know when we have been exposed to a virus until we have symptoms.
  • Not everybody who gets exposed to a virus will get symptoms.
  • Someone can pass a virus on without ever exhibiting symptoms themselves.
So, here is a reminder of precautions that we can each take and encourage kids to take in order to minimize risk.  From Oregon Health Authority:
  • Stay home while you are sick.
  • Never visit a hospital or long-term care facility if you have a fever or cough illness.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
  • Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.

Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms. If you are feeling sick with mild symptoms and do not need to seek medical care, stay home while you recover.