COVID-19 Summary

Dr. Anam Tariq
John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology

While cases are contained at this time, we should continue to exercise precautions. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following:

Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms – fever, cough, runny nose, and sneezing. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus. However, it is best to stay home until you have been FEVER FREE for 24 hours. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can. If a tissue is not readily available, sneeze or cough into your elbow/sleeve.

The best thing we can do is to continue to monitor our health and practice the following enhanced precautions as recommended by the CDC:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash (or coughing/sneezing into your sleeve or elbow)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched objects and surfaces

As for Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially:

  • After arriving home
  • After going to the bathroom
  • Before eating
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
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