Information About Coronavirus
The 2019 novel coronavirus is a virus that causes a potentially severe respiratory disease, COVID-19. It was recently identified in China and is now being detected worldwide. The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends the following:
Stay home when sick.
Students and staff who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are asked to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4℉ [37.8℃] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicine (e.g. cough suppressants).
Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become severe, such as high fever or difficulty breathing.
Encourage students and staff to use “respiratory etiquette” through education and provision of supplies.
Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC’s Cover Your Cough page. (www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm).
Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.
Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home.
Encourage flu vaccine for those who have not had it this season to reduce illnesses and absences on campus (however, this will not prevent coronavirus illnesses).
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching face with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
For additional information, please contact ADPH at (334) 206-5971 or visit the ADPH website at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/infect…/2019-coronavirus.html