One of the things that’s been in the news a lot lately is COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus. I think the best way to combat any fears we have about the virus is to learn as much as we can about it. That’s what I have been doing the last few days. Reading about the virus on several reliable sources and trying to learn more about it and how to prevent the spread. As of right now there are no confirmed cases in our area, but we should be prepared in case the virus makes it’s way into our area. Below is some information we have received from the Cerro Gordo County Department Of Public Health.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Those most at risk of the virus are older adults, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions.
While the general risk to the public in Iowa is still considered low, it is important to continue to follow standard precautions to prevent the spread of infectious disease. To prevent the spread of any virus including novel coronavirus, practice these preventative measures:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water – at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Additional information and guidance on COVID-19 is available at CG Public Health’s website (cghealth.com)
Below are some things I learned about the virus from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more on the virus as things are constantly changing you can check out the CDC website HERE.