This past week has brought a lot of conversation around COVID19, or the Coronavirus.  According to the CDC and ODH, COVID19 is limited to person-to-person spread, most associated with close contact with a patient who has confirmed 2019-nCoV.   With that in mind, the CDC and Hamilton County Health Department have informed us that the best plan for LaSalle and other schools is to use the following precautions similar for the flu and other illnesses.

o Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.

o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

o Avoid contact with people who are sick.

o Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and to avoid contact with others.

o Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

o Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

• The CDC considers risk to the general public to be low. There are 43 individual cases in the United States; 17 patients have travel history to Wuhan and 26 cases are close personal contacts of travelers.

• To minimize the risk of spread, health officials are working with health care providers and local health departments to promptly identify and evaluate any possible cases.

• Currently you are only at risk if you (1) are displaying symptoms; and (2) have traveled to China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea in the 14 days before feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who has or is being investigated for the virus. Travel history is key.

• People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing that may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Remember, at this point you are more likely to catch the flu or a common cold, which show some of the same symptoms.

More information on coronavirus disease 2019 can be found on the CDC and ODH websites.