CORONAVIRUS PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

In order to reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus infections, basic prevention measures are advised for the public, including:

Symptoms

  • An infected person might not show symptoms for up to 14 days after exposure. That's especially worrisome because this novel coronavirus can be transmitted while a person still isn't showing any symptoms

  • Fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and trouble breathing are some of the most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

  • "It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties.

  • "More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus."

 

Prevention Measures

  • Companies should encourage sick employees to stay home.

  • Sick employees shouldn't return to work until their temperature has stayed below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) for at least 24 hours, without the help of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicine

  • "Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace and home, such as workstations, computers, countertops, and doorknobs, remote controls.

  • "Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces can be wiped down by employees before each use."

  • If you're the one feeling sick, cover your entire mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. But don't use your hands. Use either your bent elbow or a tissue that you throw away immediately afterward.

  • Wash your hands properly including in between your fingers and your wrist for at least 20 seconds.

  • Use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol

 

This information came from CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Jacqueline Howard: www.cnn.com

Go to Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: www.cdc.gov for more information