What is COVID-19, and how bad is it?
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person in many countries, including the United States. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus.
At this time, there are a small number of cases in the U.S. Reported cases range from mild illness (like a normal cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions.
How can I help prevent?
Here are 4 everyday measures that can help prevent you from getting COVID-19 or spreading it to others. They should be practiced by all people in IRC, in all locations at all times.
- Wash your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your face, unless your hands are thoroughly cleaned.
- Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Discard any used tissue immediately and wash hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has cough or fever. Maintain at least three feet/one meter distance.
- Stay home if you feel sick with fever or cough. Follow guidance from your local health authorities and notify your manager.
- A cough
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties
- Fever (high temperature)
Masks are not advised: except for those who are ill or health care workers caring for the sick.
Follow your local government’s guidance: staff should first follow local government advice and restrictions. Where they don’t exist, follow the IRC’s guidance.