COVID-19: How Do We Stay Safe?
OVID-19 is a disease resulting from infection with a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2. This disease can cause many symptoms but most notably respiratory symptoms which can become severe and result in low oxygen levels, causing one to feel short of breath. The virus has caused many millions of cases of COVID-19 and over 2 million deaths worldwide. This fact sheet offers practical guidance on how to avoid catching the virus as well as how to prevent spread in your community
This infection is considered a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As of February 17, 2021, there are 109,068,745 confirmed cases and 2,409,011 deaths worldwide. The virus continues to spread across the globe, and many countries, including the US, are experiencing surges of new cases. For up to date information on this outbreak, go to https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Prevention and control of COVID-19 infection:
General principles :
Masks reduce airborne transmission
Infectious aerosol particles can be released during breathing and speaking by asymptomatic infected individuals. No masking maximizes exposure, whereas universal masking results in the least exposure
What you can do
It is very important for people to follow basic infection control measures to help prevent COVID-19 and/ or other viruses, like influenza. Do not let your guard down because of “pandemic fatigue” or stress. When people get lax (or sloppy) with taking these precautions, infection rates go up. Find ways to relieve stress and support each other safely.