The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America
We are living witnesses to an unprecedented series of events in our world today. A novel virus (one not seen before) that originated in the inland city of Wuhan, in the Hubei Province of China, has rapidly spread worldwide causing thousands of casualties along the way and an understandable measure of panic as well. The city of Wuhan and its geographical location, which seems perfectly suited for a Michael Crichton novel, is a commercial center with five (5) airports, and is divided by the mighty Yangtze river which empties into the China Sea through the large port city of Shanghai. Wuhan has a population of 11 million inhabitants. So perhaps the speed with which the virus spread should not surprise us.
This virus belongs to the Corona category, for viruses which circulate among animals, with some of them also known to infect humans. Bats are considered as natural hosts of these viruses but other animals are also known to be a source. Its symptoms are Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and it is transmitted person-to-person like the seasonal influenza but may be 20-30 times more lethal.
The preventative measures being put in place by our government may be unprecedented but they may turn out to be life saving measures for thousands of people. Here are the latest Coronavirus Guidelines coming directly out of the White House.
CANCELLATIONS / UPDATES
As you may already be aware, many activities have been cancelled at Holy Spirit Catholic Church as have many of our council activities. At this point the question of when life may go back to normal seems to have an elusive answer at best.
There are other informational sources we should also be aware of:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Texas Dept of State Health Services
- Dallas County Health & Human Services
- City of Duncanville COVID-19
Knights of Columbus Council 8157
P.S. If you are in need of assistance in any way, please let us know right away.
15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD
- Listen to and follow the directions of your STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
- IF YOU FEEL SICK, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
- IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE SICK, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
- IF SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS TESTED POSITIVE for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
- IF YOU ARE AN OLDER PERSON, stay home and away from other people.
- IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A SERIOUS UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITION that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
DO YOUR PART TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS
Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
- Work or engage in schooling FROM HOME whenever possible.
- IF YOU WORK IN A CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INDUSTRY, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
- AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS in groups of more than 10 people.
- Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts – USE DRIVE-THRU, PICKUP, OR DELIVERY OPTIONS.
- AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL, shopping trips, and social visits.
- DO NOT VISIT nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
- PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE:
- Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
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