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Preventative Health Information - Coronavirus

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

This is a forwarded guidance from the Hazleton Area School district concerning Coronavirus. Please see the information below. It has been developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As has been stated before, please keep children who are sick home from school. They must be free of any fever for, at least, 24 hours before returning. Should a student become ill at school, he/she will be sent home.

As we continue to see the temperatures rise with the onset of spring, the issues with Coronavirus should diminish.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website. For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

The following link will take you to additional information on this: Reference Prevention, Treatment of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). (2020). Centers for Disease Control.

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