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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Coronavirus- What Allegheny County Wants You to Know!

Washing Hands

Information for Residents

People most at-risk of contracting COVID-19 are those who have traveled to places where the virus is occurring. Certain people will have an increased risk of infection – healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 and other close contacts of persons with COVID-19.  Some people are at risk for more severe outcomes, including the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions

While the risk of this virus to the public is low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

  • It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow or sleeve.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

  • Avoid shaking hands; consider touching elbows instead if you believe personal contact is necessary for a greeting

  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.

Routine use of these measures by individuals and their families can go a long way to prevent the spread of illness and help us respond to an outbreak.

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