Spread of coronavirus brings precautions

By Hallie Kim, assisted by Milestone Staff

As of Wednesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. there are four confirmed cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, in Ohio with 21 people testing negative and 24 who are showing symptoms of “respiratory distress,” according to the Ohio Department of Health.

On Tuesday, March 9, Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency in Ohio and made recommendations for how to handle crowds at large scale events. This led to numerous universities in Ohio proactively moving from face to face classes to online lectures through March and some even extending into April.

The coronavirus was first made known Dec. 31, 2019, when China announced to the World Health Organization that several of its citizens in Wuhan were sick with a pneumonia-like illness.

According to the CDC, coronavirus infects people “in close contact with one another (within about 6 ft.)” from droplets from a sneeze or cough from an infected person. These particles are heavy, so they don’t float long in the air, but can land and still infect, which means infection can come from contaminated surfaces if not sanitized properly and frequently. Therefore, washing hands and surfaces often can prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Experts recommend washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water and sanitizing surfaces with approved disinfectants like Clorox wipes, bleach, and Lysol among others. It is important not to bring your hands to your face because viruses on the surface of the object can be spread. The body’s skin blocks viruses, but mucous membranes such as eyes and nose have less protection or are too thin to prevent the virus from entering the body.  Viruses on surfaces will die after two days.

In the U.S. there are approximately 1,000 cases and 116,000 worldwide. The incubation period for showing symptoms varies from 2 to 14 days according to the CDC. Symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and muscle pain. Coronavirus is one of the three major viruses that cause colds in humans.

For information on how McNicholas is taking precautions, please see the newsletter for March 11, 2020.  For up-to-date information, visit the CDC.gov or the Ohio Department of Health links above.

 


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