On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. Our California community is facing uncertain times. While many things may be out of our control, there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and others from falling ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking the following precautions to avoid person-to-person spread of COVID-19:
If you are sick and must leave home for medical care or other essential travel, there are steps you can take to prevent contaminating others. The CDC recommends the following:
Data and science relating to COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Current studies show that people can contract the virus by coming into contact with airborne particles (aerosols), and by touching surfaces (plastic, steel, copper, and cardboard). A study released by The New England Journal of Medicine detected the virus up to 72 hours of application to plastic and steel. However, there was no viable virus detected on copper after just 4 hours, and no viable virus detected on cardboard after 24 hours. To read more about the study, visit this website: https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2004973.
The CDC has released the following guidelines for sanitizing your home or office to avoid spread of COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces:
If you do not have access to pre-made chemical disinfectant or cleaning solution, the CDC recommends diluting household bleach with water; mix 1/3 cup bleach per one gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per one quart of water. All CDC recommendations on preparing for, and protecting against, COVID-19 can be found on the CDC’s website. Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
On March 16, 2020, the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued the following recommendations that each American can follow to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Read about the White House guidelines and more by visiting https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/15-days-slow-spread/).
Federal, state and local governments have released varying community restrictions in recent days. To ensure compliance, it is important to regularly educate yourself and your family. As of March 19, 2020, the following restrictions were put into place:
Visit https://covid19.ca.gov/ to stay up to date on California’s current publications regarding COVID-19 recommendations, infections, fatalities, and community restrictions.
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