We have now reached a point where the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has impacted almost every state or U.S. territory. Pennsylvania health officials have announced that a growing number of people have tested positive in the Philadelphia suburbs and Gov. Tom Wolf has issued a disaster declaration which makes funding available for a quicker response to prevent the spread of the virus.
There has been some public confusion about the impact of the virus and the best ways to protect yourself, your family and your community from infection. Brandywine Health Foundation wants you to have the correct information and has compiled the following list of credible local, state and federal resources:
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Basic Prevention Tips
Because there is currently no vaccine available to prevent coronavirus, the best way to prevent getting sick is to avoid exposure. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends taking the following precautions to prevent the spread of any respiratory disease:
- 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 for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- 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.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
Brandywine Health Foundation asks that you take these precautions seriously and do your best to keep the residents of Greater Coatesville healthy and safe.