The coronavirus has spread to the United States, causing major concern among households in America. The virus can cause mild to moderate respiratory illness, and those affected by the coronavirus have had symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Individuals most at risk are those with weak immune systems.
States with confirmed cases of the coronavirus include Washington and California, which have been hit the hardest. Neighboring states to Connecticut with confirmed cases of the coronavirus include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, and New Hampshire. While there have not been any confirmed cases in Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont is coordinating prevention efforts and organizing resources to respond to any potential outbreaks, and urging residents to take all necessary precautions to avoid contracting the virus.
As specified by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 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 a facemask.
- 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.
Individuals who have questions about the coronavirus can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211.
Read the full Press Release from Governor Ned Lamont.