BEING PREPARED FOR COVID-19

February 29th, 2020 - Posted in Alerts

COVID-19 Information Here is a message about the COVID-19 corona virus from VashonBePrepared.

Dozens of news articles this week have cause widespread concern about COVID-19. While the seasonal flu is much more prevalent and thus much more likely to affect people, it’s true that COVID-19 has a higher death rate than the flu and currently there is no vaccine for treating it.

The news is changing hourly, but there have been some cases in Washington State.

Sadly, one King County resident has died from the virus, the first virus-related death in the United States.

Here’s advice put together from a number of sources, including the CDC , King County Office of Emergency Management and Public Health – Seattle and King County.

Remain calm. Roughly 80% of cases are mild, and the people affected recover fully.

It’s right to get prepared but so far there are only a few cases in the U.S.

Wash your hands well, for at least 20 seconds. Consider humming “Happy Birthday” while scrubbing up. If you’re not able to wash with soap, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a second best option.

Stop shaking hands, fist pumping and high 5’s. If you need to greet someone, consider just saying hello or doing an elbow bump.

Stop touching your face and rubbing your eyes. Keep an hourly tally of how often you do. You’ll be surprised how often you do it.

Avoid contact. Keep at least six feet away from people who may have COVID-19.

Don’t spread it. Stay home if you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms. Fever. Cough.

Difficulty breathing.

Get your flu shot. If you haven’t already been in for your seasonal flu shot, do so. It won’t protect you from the COVID-19, but it will help prevent seasonal flu and help keep you from stressing our limited local healthcare resources.

Plan now for potential disruptions. No one can predict how the virus will affect supply chains and transportation services. Just act now to take the same steps you take to prepare for bad winter weather or an earthquake. Stock up on food and medicine. See if you can work from home. Plan for childcare in the event of school closures. Make a family contact plan.

Keep informed. In addition to your regular news outlets, monitor KingCounty.gov/COVID .

Many advice and information links are also available at VashonBePrepared.org/flu .

This message was posted at 17:00 on Saturday and will be updated as needed.

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