To keep our members updated on the Corona Virus (COVID-19), we wanted to share this information:
From the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, an overview of cases and information from around the world.
In a letter to White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, ASAE says that associations shouldn’t be left out of conversations regarding aid packages related to the coronavirus. Click here to read the letter.
From Highmark West Virginia, “You’re hearing a lot about this — everywhere. Below you’ll find what we believe are the most important things to know, to do, and to be prepared for.
Knowledge really is safety.”
What we do know
• The new coronavirus, or COVID-19*, was identified in December 2019.
• It originated in Wuhan, China, and is spreading in the U.S. and internationally.
• It is more contagious than the seasonal flu.
• It produces flu-like symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath.
• In about 15% of cases, it can lead to severe respiratory illness, such as pneumonia.
• There is no vaccine and no antiviral treatment.
• The virus is fatal in about 2% of reported cases — more than the seasonal flu, but less than previous coronavirus outbreaks SARS and MERS.
How to protect yourself
• People who are sneezing, wheezing, coughing — just avoid them.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (it’s longer than you think — try saying the Pledge of Allegiance twice or silently sing “Happy Birthday” twice, too).
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
• Apply the “not above the shoulders” rule — avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Commonly used surfaces — clean them often.
• You are actually at greater risk of getting the seasonal flu than this new virus — so get a flu shot.