Due to the current concerns surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States, we wanted to outline some important information. Please also be assured that we are monitoring the situation as an organization and are prepared to support you as necessary.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends the following preventative actions to help prevent the spread of this type of disease:
- 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 wipes
- 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 available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
The Coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses are mostly spread from person-to-person. However, it can occasionally spread from direct contact with infected surfaces, so these methods are proven to work well.
Symptoms of the Coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may occur anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure. If you begin to feel sick with these symptoms, it is important that you let your host family or Area Representative know right away. This is particularly important if you recently traveled or where in an area where the illness has been documented. A doctor will be able to check to see if you do have the virus through a test and will provide you with further directives depending on their diagnosis.
You can always find updated information on the CDC website at cdc.gov. This website is updated constantly to ensure everyone in the US has the most relevant information. Additionally, the CDC has many short videos that you might find helpful:
For more information regarding the Coronavirus, please see our Frequently Asked Questions