Coronavirus Information

    Real-Time Coronavirus Tracker

    http://www.coronavirus.gov/

    The Centers for Disease Control tips it believes will help prevent the spread of the disease.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • 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.
    • 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. Wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing happy birthday. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

    Should you wear a facemask?

    The CDC does not recommend that people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

    The World Health Organization recommends staying home if you develop mild symptoms.

    "Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover," the WHO said. "Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses."

    Because not every person carrying the disease will show significant symptoms it could mean someone could spread the disease without being aware of it.

    Important Links

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    World Health Organization

    Current map and reported cases

    AARP - What You Need To Know About the Coronavirus

    US Travel Advisory

    FDA Emergency Preparedness

    COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel | U.S. Department of Education

    Dr. Oz's Coronavirus Survival Protocol

    Here are some quick tips from Dr. Oz on how to keep yourself and those around you safe through the coronavirus outbreak.

     

    Lifestyle.  Get at least seven hours of sleep a night . . . aim to exercise 30 minutes every other day . . . meditate . . . and improve air quality by using a humidifier and HEPA filter to reduce virus particles in the air.

     

    Hygiene.  Don't shake hands . . . don't touch your face . . . triple your hand-washing time to at least 20 seconds . . . use hand sanitizer that's at least 60% alcohol . . . use disinfectant sprays instead of wipes on surfaces around the house . . . and let them sit for three minutes before drying.

     

    Prepare.  Have a two-week supply of household items like toilet paper, soap, and detergent . . . food like canned goods and freezer items . . . and both prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

     

    Boost your immune system.  Eat your fruits and vegetables . . . take Vitamin D3 . . . and get your flu shot.

     

    If you're sick.  Take 80 milligrams of zinc daily . . . 250 milligrams of Vitamin C twice a day . . . 250 milligrams of beta-glucan daily . . . and elderberry syrup or lozenges four times a day for five days. 

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