17 Mar A Message from the PHMP about the Coronavirus
Everyone has been touched to some degree by the Covid-19 virus outbreak. Our sincere hope is that for you, your family and your co-workers, the impact has not been too great.
Our goal is to inform you, and in the spirit of the PHMP, by reviewing this information you will qualify for a monthly PHMP credit. In the coming weeks we will update this post with new links so that we continue to bring you the most up to date, and credible, information available.
Information today is readily available on all topics, including the Coronavirus. Unfortunately, much of what is being provided is misinformation, and bad information can lead to poor decisions. As a PHMP member, you know that our goal is to positively impact your health through encouragement and education. And at a time like this, we believe it’s important for you to be informed, not alarmed.
With this goal in mind, we are proactively providing you with the easy access to the following information sources. By following any of the links below you can quickly and easily obtain information that is extremely credible. All the material available here is created and updated by medical experts and scientists. It can be trusted and used as a source for sound decision making and planning.
The following information is an example of what you will find on the links provided above:
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a virus strain, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, that has only spread in people since December 2019.
Health experts are closely monitoring the situation because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
How does COVID-19 spread and what are the symptoms?
COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How long does it take for symptoms of the COVID-19 to appear?
CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days after exposure.
How is COVID-19 treated?
There is currently no FDA approved medication for COVID-19. People infected with this virus should receive supportive care such as rest, fluids and fever control, to help relieve symptoms.
Is there a vaccine?
Currently, there is no vaccine available.
How can I best protect myself?
Practice the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Use standard household cleansers and wipes to disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces
Again, our goal is to encourage and inform. We hope that you find this useful.
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