ATLANTA (Gray News) – Coronavirus is spreading in some of our communities.
The disease, also known as COVID-19, is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to Tom Chiller with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These respiratory droplets can spread to the mouth, nose, or hands of anyone who’s nearby, or possibly be inhaled into their lungs.
The CDC recommends you take these steps to lower your risk of getting sick.
Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Don’t leave home except to get medical care. If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Cover with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw tissues in the trash and clean your hands.
You should wear a face mask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick.
These are things like countertops, doorknobs, light switches, phones and keyboards.
Older adults, people over 60, and those who have severe chronic medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for more serious illness from COVID-19.
This group should consult with their health care provider about additional steps to stay protected.
For more information on coronavirus from the CDC, click here.