Preventive measures to take against COVID-19

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WHIOTV7 Breaking News Staff

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COVID-19, which is caused by the Coronavirus, is circulating the globe and our newsfeed. Although the threat is greatest for people over the age of 60, the repercussions of this pandemic affect the entire population. It is important that everyone is aware of the necessary precautions that must be taken. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has five key facts that they want the public to know. 

First, “Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.” At this point, COVID-19 has spread around the world— not just around Asian countries. If you want to view a map that details this, click this link. Because this virus has entered our backyards, taking precautions is more important than ever. 

Second, “For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.” Age and underlying health conditions (diabetes, lung disease, asthma, etc.) are factors that can increase the severity of this virus.

Third, “Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.” More information about this can be found by clicking on this link. 

Fourth, “There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.” This includes washing your hands with soap and water, avoiding touching any part of your face, staying home when feeling unwell and covering your cough/sneeze either with a tissue or your elbow. These are basic hygienic steps that everyone should be taking (regardless of a pandemic). 

Fifth, the basic symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough and shortness of breath. It is mandatory to seek medical help if you are experiencing these symptoms or know someone around you who is. 

For more advice about COVID-19, click on this link.