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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Facts and information about COVID-19

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Mayor Ralph Gutierrez would like to remind residents that, while the risk for Coronavirus in our area is very low, Schertz emergency management officials continue to monitor the situation.

CURRENT SITUATION: COVID-19 

A novel (new) coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, was recently detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory disease. The COVID-19 outbreak began in December 2019, and Chinese health officials have reported thousands of COVID-19 infections in China, including several that resulted in death. Several additional countries have identified cases of COVID-19 infection including the United States. 

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the developing outbreak. See the CDC website for the latest developments on COVID-19, including current case counts.

City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is the lead agency for information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 for our region. For more information, visit sanantonio.gov/Health/News/Alerts/CoronaVirus.

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INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC

HOW CAN I AVOID INFECTION WITH COVID-19?

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

Check out these tips for how you can prevent the spread of viruses.

HOW DO PEOPLE BECOME INFECTED WITH COVID-19?

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure..

WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK I MAY BE INFECTED WITH COVID-19?

If you are experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to China or been exposed to a sick traveler from China in the last 14 days, you should contact your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?

See the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about the COVID-19.

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