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
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- 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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