Advisory for novel Coronavirus

Advisory for novel Coronavirus

 

February 10, 2020

Contact: 

Attn: News Desk

MaryRone Shell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Community Outreach, Communication & Social Media Specialist

No. 2020-10-02-01

Phone: (909) 307-5300

Press Release --- Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Redlands, Calif. – The 2019-2020 Flu Season has been complicated by recent reports of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Novel coronavirus is an infection that was recently identified in Wuhan, China. The virus causes respiratory illness. 

The symptoms of 2019-nCoV infection range from little to no symptoms, to individuals being severely ill and dying. Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that symptoms appear in as little as 2 days or as long as 14 days after being exposed. 

Some symptoms of 2019-nCoV include, but are not limited to: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

There is a very low risk to residents of California from novel coronavirus at this time. It is important to note that the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the CDC to monitor the spread of coronavirus. To date, there are no known cases that have been reported in San Bernardino County.

According to the California Department of Public Health, face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. This is why people are asked to wear a mask at doctors’ offices and hospitals if they are coughing or sneezing.

Schools can take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. These precautions are also helpful to prevent the spread of other common illness such as flu and gastroenteritis.

These precautions include:

Hand washing often with soap and water for no less than 20 seconds.

  • If access to soap and water is not available, the use of a hand sanitizer is recommended.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without first washing your hands.
  • Avoid contact with sick individuals.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately dispose of the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Those who have a fever should stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Those who have severe flu symptoms should contact their health care provider.

 For up-to-date information regarding novel coronavirus, see the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

For more news and notifications about the Redlands Unified School District, visit our website at www.redlandsusd.net. Follow @RedlandsUSD on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

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