The ABC's of COVID-19Coronavirus: The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that was first detected in a remote province in China. Originally spread from an animal to a person, the coronavirus quickly began to spread from person-to-person among the Chinese population in late 2019. The virus is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and through close contact with people who are infected. Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Because this is a new virus, experts are continuing to explore vaccines and treatments. Currently, however, the best actions to take are preventive: avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth, and frequently wash hands with soap and water, especially after contact with respiratory or bodily fluid. For more information about the coronavirus, see the CDC Coronavirus webpage and the DSHS Coronavirus webpage. The Texas Education Agency has also provided informational updates regarding the coronavirus. In addition, the Department of Education maintains a website with coronavirus resources for schools.
CDC Recommendations:• 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 the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (people with symptoms and health workers).• 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 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.It's important to remain calm at these times and please know that we will be very responsive if a case comes to our district. Thank you! :)