UPDATE - March 6, 2020: Information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Diseases can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
The risk of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. is currently low.
Some people who have traveled to places where many have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community.
Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
For up-to-date information, visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease situation summary page (link): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
For proper handwashing techniques, watch this video (link): http://bit.ly/2wDor00