Thursday, March 12, 2020. There is a good deal of information online about the Coronavirus, and steps to take to stay safe and healthy. Here are links to information from the CDC, information from the Wayland Health Department, and an infographic produced by Johns Hopkins.
The coronavirus is more serious and more contagious than the seasonal flu, so it is important for everyone to take preventive steps to avoid exposure to coronavirus germs. Older adults are at higher risk, and anyone with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
The virus spreads from person-to-person contact AND from airborne transmission or germs left on surfaces. This is why frequent hand-washing — with soap and water or with hand sanitizer if soap is not available — is so important. If you do go out, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you return home. Try not to touch door handles, elevator buttons and other “high-touch” surfaces in public places. Use your elbows, knuckles, or a tissue to touch these things. And avoid touching your face!
Plan to stay at home as much as possible, avoiding crowds and public spaces. Have supplies on hand: enough medications for a prolonged period of time; household items and groceries, especially shelf-stable foods that will last a long time, such as canned goods, peanut butter, and pasta; and ways to pass the time at home and stay in touch with friends and family.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
If you have any of these symptoms, call your health care provider for advice.
Protect yourself and your community by paying attention to public announcements about the virus, and following the advice of public health experts. Waylanders with questions should visit the Wayland Health Dept. website, or call them at 508-358-3617 or the Council on Aging at 508-358-2990.