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COVID-19: What we know & How to prevent it

The Coronavirus is a type of virus common around the world. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is new. COVID-19 was first identified in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province in China, however it has now been detected internationally.

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What we know about COVID-19:

  • The virus does not survive well for long periods of time outside of the body.

  • It is unlikely to be spread through food.

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. 

  • Symptoms may include cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, body or muscle aches, fatigue/tiredness, fever.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the following proper precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home, on arrival at school/work, after using the restroom, before food preparation, before eating any food (including snacks), and when arriving back at home. If soap is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Rub the sanitizer over all the surfaces of your hands, which also takes approximately 20 seconds.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage, and wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, cough/sneeze into your flexed elbow.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.

Who is at risk for COVID-19?

The current risk for COVID-19 to people in Kentucky is very low. Evidence to date indicates those most at risk for becoming ill with COVID-19 are:

  • Those in close contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 infection, including healthcare workers and

  • Those who have traveled in the past 14 days in countries with ongoing community spread of the virus. The CDC Travel Health Notices website provides a list of countries with sustained COVID-19 transmission.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe that symptoms appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure, which is why many recommendations include a 14-day incubation period to monitor individuals for possible exposure. 

For the latest information and prevention updates, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 novel coronavirus site or the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

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