State Health Department issues coronavirus prevention tips

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If you recently traveled internationally to areas of concern where the COVID-19 coronavirus has been confirmed and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing, you should:

• Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.

They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness.

While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to
reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

• Avoid contact with others. Stay home, except for seeking medical care.

• Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is made up of at least 60% alcohol.

Symptoms:

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Severe complications have included pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and death.

How it spreads:

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Hotline:

The New York state Department of Health has a hotline with information on the virus: 1-888-364-3065

Sources: New York State Department of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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