You've probably been reading and seeing plenty of information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last several weeks. You might be wondering how this disease spreads and how can you avoid contact with it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It may be possible that a person may become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching his or her own mouth or nose, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
On March 2nd, Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia's coronavirus task force shared that two people in our state have tested positive for the disease. This does not represent a case of community infection as these individuals lived together.
With so much information buzzing around, I wanted to send you a short fact-sheet with tips and resources that you can keep on hand as this public health situation continues to develop.
The CDC has recently published information on how we can play an effective role in keeping our communities safe.
Here are some preventive measures you can practice to keep yourself and the ones around you healthy:
✅Avoid contact with sick people.
✅Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
✅Wash your hands 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 you are sick, stay home and limit your contact with others as much as possible.
✅Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
✅ If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
People who think they may have contracted the coronavirus should stay home and contact their healthcare provider.
To stay up-to-date on the latest information, click HERE or the image above to visit the CDC's page on the coronavirus.
Congressman Tom Graves