We want to pass along helpful advice from our local Panhandle Health Department: Coronavirus is mainly spread between people who are in close contact with one another (about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, although this may not be the main way the virus spreads. Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. People are most contagious when they are showing symptoms. Symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure to the coronavirus. 80% of cases experience mild illness, which does not require hospitalization. 15-20% of cases develop serious illness. Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes: Older adults (60+) People who have serious chronic medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) If you are sick you can help reduce the spread of the virus by staying home and self-isolating until symptoms resolve. Other ways to protect yourself, your family and your community include: Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 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. Use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if unable to wash hands with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily. Wearing a facemask when you are around other people or before entering a healthcare setting, but only if you are sick. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for those who need them. If you have symptoms, CALL US FIRST at 208-265-6798. We know that the information about the coronavirus can be concerning. Please do not hesitate to call Panhandle Health Coronavirus Hotline at 877-415-5225 with any questions or concerns. You may also visit www.panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/ or the CDC website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
We are working very hard here at NICMH to ensure our staff and clients health stay healthy. Sincerely,
NICMH Admin Note above message as outlined by PHD.