Due to the current worries over the coronavirus, I wanted to reach out and update you on what is happening in Michigan. The coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is caused by a new respiratory virus. In December 2019, the virus began circulating in humans. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia.
Currently, there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan. As this situation evolves and information changes quickly, it is important to remain calm and stay informed. The State of Michigan has created a task force to address concerns over this virus, and updated information can be found here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an accurate and up-to-date resource to help answer your essential questions, including how to protect yourself from the virus. For public health information closer to home, the best resource is the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or the Genesee County Health Department. Travel advisory updates are provided by the State Department.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent this strain of coronavirus . The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations concerning facemasks.
o CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear facemasks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
o Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your 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.
o If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Right now, there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public in the United States.
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