CDC shares coronavirus prevention tips

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Some may feel anxiety as evacuees from China and a cruise liner were recently brought to be quarantined at Travis Air Force Base. The respiratory disease, coronavirus disease (COVID-19), was first first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the respiratory disease outbreaks.

The CDC offers the following prevention tips:

• 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.

• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

• 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.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The respiratory virus is spread mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between two days to 14 days after exposure.

Symptoms include:

• Fever.

• Severe cough.

• Shortness of breath.

• Diarrhea.

More information about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website page


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