Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

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How does the virus spread?

The CDC recommends everyday practices that help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including influenza. These include:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Disinfecting frequently touched objects
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Symptoms

Confirmed patients who have contracted  COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.

At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.

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Is there a vaccine?

Vaccines for COVID-19 are available in a limited capacity. As production ramps up, more vaccines will be available for the general public. For more information, visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

This public health situation is ever evolving, so be sure to check back frequently. For more information from the CDC, click here. 

Fact vs. Fiction

In an effort to prevent false information from being spread, the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) have created resources that cover popular myths and misinformation and provide facts. Here are some highlights.

CDC: Share Facts, Not Fear

Fact: Diseases can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.

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