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Coronavirus: What you need to know for symptoms and how to protect yourself

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A coronavirus test kit, which is a part of exported aid supplies, is displayed at a World Health Organization, WHO, facility, part of the International Humanitarian City, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, March 5, 2020.
AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

With the novel coronavirus starting to spread across Colorado, here are some things to know, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment:

Symptoms and severity
● Symptoms of respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus, include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
● Any of these illnesses can be severe and require hospitalization, but most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications.
● If you did not have a high risk of exposure, it is very unlikely you have novel coronavirus. But if you are ill and concerned, contact your health care provider.

Protecting yourself

Here are Protecting yourself from 2019 novel coronavirus and other respiratory viruses.
If you are healthy:
● Continue your normal daily routine. This means you can continue to participate in public gatherings such as work, school, or social activities.
● Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
● Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
● Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.
If you are sick:
● Stay home.
● Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
● Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
● Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
● Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.

For more information, go to the CDPHE’s website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

PITKIN COUNTY INFORMATION

Pitkin County Public Health officials have a few ways to get updates on the coronavirus:

— Local information can be found at pitkincounty.com/coronavirus.

— A Pitkin County Public Health Facebook page has been launched to share information.

— Subscribe to Pitkin Alert for text message updates. Text the number 888 777 and write CVIRUS in the message.

— Questions on the public health order can be directed to the Pitkin County Coronavirus Hotline at 970-429-6186. It is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

— Real-time information about the virus is available on the Colorado Health Emergency Hotline: 1-877-462-2911.


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