CDC=Center for Disease Control and Prevention
You can stay updated with the latest info from the CDC by checking their website [CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website].
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
People diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported mild to severe respiratory illness 2 to 14 days after exposure. Symptoms include:
• shortness of breath
HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD?
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.
• It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
CDC GUIDANCE TO HELP REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
To help protect yourself and others from contracting the flu and other illnesses, the CDC recommends the following:
• Staying home when sick.
• Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough/sneeze in your upper sleeve. Immediately throw away used tissues in the trash, then wash hands.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoiding close contact, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils.
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, [countertops] and doorknobs.
• Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
• Be prepared with the following supplies:
o Maintain a two-week supply of water and food at home
o Routinely check your regular prescription drugs to ensure that you won’t run out
o Keep non-prescription drugs and other health supplies on hand
o Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records
o Talk with family members about how they would be cared for if they got sick and what would be needed to care for them in your home
• CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
* The above info was provided courtesy of the Oakland Community Health Division [OakGov.com/Health].