2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Now is the time we plan, and not panic, to ensure we stop the virus' spread. The best way to protect yourself is to have accurate information and exercise sound practices that are proven to stop the spread of respiratory illnesses.

There are a few important steps that everyone can take in order to reduce the risk of getting any viral respiratory infection, such as the common cold or influenza.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do this frequently and thoroughly, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; then throw the tissue away. It is important to stay at home, away from others, if you are sick in general. Also, clean and disinfect routinely touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

It is also important to know that those who are older and have pre-existing health conditions should routinely practice these preventive measures as these groups can be more susceptible to illness.

Lastly, a note on face coverings. In an editorial published July 14, 2020 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.

“We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

A number of symptoms have been associated with cases of COVID-19, People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Exposure to COVID-19 is a critical component in identifying potential cases. If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, you could have been exposed to the virus.

Before arriving for treatment at any healthcare provider or medical facility, call your healthcare professional beforehand if you have symptoms, or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. This will ensure the appropriate precautions can be taken to protect other patients, staff and the JBLM community.

For any health concerns, the MHS Nurse Advice Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you get the assistance you need. Call 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273), Option 1 to speak with a registered nurse from the comfort of your home with your health concerns.

For questions or if you are at increased risk of COVID-19 (recent travel to CDC level 2 or higher countries and/or exposure to a known COVID-19 case) and experiencing these symptoms: Contact Presidio of Monterey Dept. of Public Health at 831-242-4826 or the Monterey County Health Department at 831-755-4521 (or 831-755-5100 after hours) for guidance. If at risk for COVID-19, please call ahead before visiting your healthcare provider.

Whenever there is a public health crisis, disinformation and myths can be dangerous. If you hear a rumor or come across other information, especially on social media, verify it at the CDC's website at https://www.cdc.gov to ensure it's accurate. Help keep your community healthy by only sharing accurate information.

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