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Posted on: March 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus Disease 2019 Update

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2019 Novel Coronavirus

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The risk of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to the general population in Wisconsin and the United States remains low. Currently, there has not been any person-to-person spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Still, as a precaution, Calumet County Public Health would like to remind residents of important steps they can take to protect themselves and their families.

Prevention of COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. (The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and others who are taking care of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • For more information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website. Clean hands save lives!

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses, including COVID-19.

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