The Ohio Department of Health states that current risk to the U.S. general public is low; however, the CDC advises all Americans to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their communities. “Ohioans should stay calm, take preventive and preparation measures, stay aware of what is happening in their communities, and seek credible sources of information” the web site states.
As with any virus, please refrain from visiting a loved one if you are feeling ill or have recently spent time with someone who has symptoms of an infectious disease. It is the best way to keep from spreading a virus to older adults who are less able to fight a virus.
The Ohio Department of Health has issued a helpful household checklist to assist Ohioans in preparing for infectious diseases, including Coronavirus. Most importantly, use personal prevention protection methods at all times, whether at home, work, school, community events, or elsewhere:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
For additional information, please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov