CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
BASIC INFORMATION ON COVID - 19
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Q: WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019?
A: The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus was not previously known to cause human illness until the recent outbreak. It is believed the virus was initially transmitted to humans from a wild animal. Human-to-human transmission is now the most common route of transmission.
Q: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
A: Similar to many viral respiratory illnesses, the symptoms of the virus mimic the common cold and include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms may appear between two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Also be mindful we are in flu season and pollen counts are high, so there are many other causes for upper respiratory symptoms that are much more common than COVID-19.
Q: HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
A: As with any viral respiratory illness, COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small respiratory droplets, which are dispersed when a person with the virus coughs or sneezes and are then inhaled by another person. These droplets can also land on objects and surfaces around the infected person. Other people then catch the virus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Q: HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM GETTING COVID-19?
A: There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent the spread of germs is proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Below are some other tips:
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 and perform hand hygiene immediately.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
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.
Q: WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK I HAVE COVID-19?
A: If you think you may have COVID-19 and are exhibiting symptoms, you should restrict activities outside your home. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis. Should you need to seek medical care, please use telemedicine and virtual care options.
Q: WILL TAKING TAMIFLU HELP ME PROTECT MYSELF FROM GETTING COVID-19?
A: No, Tamiflu will not protect you from getting the novel coronavirus. Tamiflu is a drug to treat the flu, not a vaccine. The virus is so new and different it needs its own vaccine. Researchers internationally have been working to develop antivirals, but at the present time, there is no specific treatment or vaccine.
Q: HOW LONG DOES COVID-19 SURVIVE ON SURFACES?
A: It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others.
Q: SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT CONTRACTING THE CORONAVIRUS?
A: If you are not in an area where the coronavirus is spreading, or if you have not traveled to/from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting the novel virus are currently low.
Q: HOW DOES COVID-19 COMPARE TO OTHER CORONAVIRUSES?
A: There are several common coronaviruses that typically cause respiratory illness, like the common cold. Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild infection to severe respiratory illness.
Q: IS IT SAFE TO RECEIVE MAIL FROM ANY AREAS WITH CONFIRMED CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS?
A: Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is extremely low and the risk of catching the virus from a package that has been moved, traveled and exposed to different conditions and temperatures is also extremely low.
Q: WILL WEARING A SURGICAL MASK PROTECT ME FROM COVID-19?
A: No, surgical masks are worn by affected patients to protect them from any germs the caregiver might transmit. If you are ill, you should stay home.
Q: HOW DO I CONTINUE TO REMAIN IN COMPLIANCE WITH MY CONDITIONS OF SUPERVISION?
A: Call your Community Supervision Officer directly. When leaving a message, please indicate the level of urgency of your situation. Due to high volume of calls, please allow time for a response. Abide by and follow all conditions of your supervision.
Q: CAN I CONTINUE TO WORK COMMUNITY SERVICE?
A: Certain agencies are still allowing community service. Call your Community Supervision Officer directly to determine availability.
Q: DO I CONTINUE TO PAY MY COURT ORDERED FEES?
A: Yes, we encourage continued payment through www.paycscd.com or www.cssreporting.com. Money Order/Cashier Check can be mailed to PO Box 1300, Angleton, TX 77516. Cash is accepted as well.
Q: WHAT IF I GET SELECTED FOR A DRUG TEST?
A: Continue to call AverHealth as directed by your Community Supervision Officer. If selected to test, report to the Angleton office or Rosharon office as usual.
Q: DO I CONTINUE TO ATTEND COURT ORDERED TREATMENT (IOP/SOP/PEER SUPPORT)?
A: Yes, as directed by your treatment provider and continue to work your recovery program.
For more up-to-date information on the coronavirus, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus