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NYS COVID-19 info, list of resources

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 09:00 pm

HERE is a link to the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, the coronavirus, from the New York State Department of Health.

The Centers for Disease Control has an extensive list of what to do, not do, and where/how to find help.

Find more information at these sites:

 

CDC & NYS Safety Guidelines for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Please do not just show up at your doctor's office -- especially if you're symptomatic. Call first and see if an appointment is needed.

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medi- cal conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

KnoW hoW it spreads

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. 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.

taKe steps to protect yourself

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily avail- able, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

avoid close contact

Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

taKe steps to protect others

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

cover coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemasK if you are sicK
if you are sick:
You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter
a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are
caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

if you are not sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear
a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

clean and disinfect

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

This information provided by the CDC website.

For more details and up to date information, please visit one of the following websites: CDC: www.cdc.gov

NYS Website: health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

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