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About COVID-19

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How Does COVID-19 Spread?

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly person-to-person
    • Between close contact
    • Through respiratory droplets (i.e. cough, sneeze, talks)
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Who is Most at-risk for COVID-19?

NO ONE is immune to COVID-19

Persons at higher risk include:

  • People with the following underlying medical conditions may request alternate work arrangements under the previously developed process:
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Smoking
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)

Important Health Practices Related to COVID-19

Get a Flu Shot

  • Flu shot will NOT protect against COVID-19, but if you do get the flu, symptoms will be less severe
  • Getting the flu shot also reduces your chances of being mistakenly quarantined for COVID-19 when you have an unrelated illness

Avoid Common Supplies

  • Avoid sharing common office supplies such as pens and notebooks
  • Clean shared office equipment after use following CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines

Develop Sanitizing Procedures

  • Develop sanitizing procedures for work areas with commonly used or shared equipment, tools, computers, copies, etc.
  • Store and use disinfectants in a responsible and appropriate manner according to the label
  • Evaluate your space and develop a sanitization plan
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