CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness such as respiratory infections. This can range from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a new coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. 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) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

What are the COVID-19 symptoms?

Symptoms reported have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

To contact GrapeTree to report any COVID-19 exposures, please call our specialists who are trained to help in these situations at (712) 566-1186. We also advise that you contact your healthcare provider immediately.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed, however there are still steps you can take to protect yourself.

  • Clean your hands often​.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, distance yourself from others. This is especially important for those at higher risk of getting sick such as older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions.

  • Stay home if you're sick.

Stay home if you're sick, except to get medical care. Click here to learn what to do if you're 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 and immediately wash your hands.

  • Wear a facemask if you're sick.

You should wear a facemask around other people and before entering a healthcare provider's office. If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a facemask unless you're caring for someone who is sick and they are not able to wear a facemask.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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