COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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What is it? 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. The symptoms of the illness are similar to those caused by influenza and other respiratory illnesses including coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and fever.

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How is the virus transmitted? COVID-19 was originally transmitted to humans via an animal source, believed to be an animal that the initial cases encountered at the seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China. Authorities have confirmed that human-to-human transmission has also occurred.

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What are health officials recommending as prevention and treatment measures? There is currently no vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including;

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using facemasks.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear facemasks to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected. 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).

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  • 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.

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Call your Milhench Supply salesperson or search “Flu Season” on our e-commerce site for more information on products that can help you stay healthy this winter.

Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February 08, 2020, Accessed February 11, 2020.

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