06 Mar Onslow County works to contain the corona virus
Americans are unsure of how far the Coronavirus will spread in the United States and how virulent it could be. As a result, Onslow County Schools (OCS) is working in cooperation with the Onslow County Health Department (OCHD) to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Officials at the school district have committed to remain in close communication with the OCHD. This communication will enable them to notify students’ parents of any health risks in the area that could impact the school community. So far, the OCHD and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are not aware of any Coronavirus cases in the state.
Basic prevention measures
With that said, OCS urges its staff, students and their families to observe some basic preventative actions.
The Centers for Control and Prevention recommend the following basic daily habits that can help to avoid spreading germs. These habits can help to prevent contracting the Coronavirus or any seasonal flu, for that matter.
- Good hygiene practices, such as regular bathing, toothbrushing and wearing clean clothes
- Regular handwashing, especially before handling food
- Keeping a good distance from those who are sick and remaining home if feeling ill
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that are touched often (such as kitchen counters)
- Using a tissue to cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing
If students and their families have not received a flu shot this year, the OCHD recommends vaccination against the flu. According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health blog, the flu is currently affecting Americans more than the Coronavirus.
A USA Today article provided advice to anyone who is experiencing symptoms and concerned he or she may have Coronavirus. Rather than heading directly to your doctor’s office or an emergency room, call first.
Anyone who calls a hospital or doctor’s office concerned about Coronavirus will be asked this list of questions regarding:
- Travel history
- Other risk factors for contracting the Coronavirus
Your best bet is to call your primary care physician’s office. Your personal physician can utilize his or her knowledge of your medical history and other factors to assess your risk.
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