While the vast majority of cases are overseas, everyone should take precautions to minimize the risk of exposure should cases increase within the United States.
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Coronavirus, now named COVID-19, is a respiratory illness which easily spreads through close contact, coughing, and sneezing. The symptoms of the disease can range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that symptoms may appear between 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. While the vast majority of cases are overseas, everyone should take precautions to minimize the risk of exposure should cases increase within the United States. Below are some techniques recommended by the CDC to help reduce the risk of infection.
- Avoid touching your face, especially around your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Frequently disinfect touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Maintain at least six feet of distance from anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are not sick 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.