We’re not sure what to expect, and it’s easier to say “DON’T PANIC.” But let’s be honest, we’re all a little freaked out. Below, you will find the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As always, PWS and staff wishes you and your family a healthy lifestyle. Please take the necessary precautions to lessen the chance of COVID-19 spreading. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.
WHAT IS COVID-19
A respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.
Some international destinations now have apparent community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, as do some parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed.
HOW IT SPREADS
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).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
PREVENTION & TREATMENT
Clean your hands often
Avoid close contact
Stay home if you are sick
Cover your sneezes and coughs with your ELBOW
Wear a face mask ONLY if you are sick (masks do not help those that are not sick)
Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas daily
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.