COVID-19 and flu information

 

  • Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, much like the flu. At this time, the risk of COVID-19 in our communities is low; in contrast, the risk of flu is high. Unlike the flu, COVID-19 is not particularly dangerous for children; however, It is dangerous for older adults and those with lung conditions.  It is therefore wise to practice ‘calm preparedness’ in protecting ourselves and our community. The below information is applicable to both COVID-19  and the flu.
  • 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 (at least 60% alcohol). As soon as soap and water are available wash your hands. Hand sanitizers are not as effective as soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your face which includes eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Maintain a six foot distance.
  • 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.
  • If you feel sick call your health care provider and follow his/her directions.
For more information and to stay informed please check the following website:  Vermont Department of Health
Susan Poirier, Public Information Officer for Plymouth Emergency Services
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2 Responses to COVID-19 and flu information

  1. BudKlatsch says:

    Thanks for helpful info. My neighbor said this is called cov-19 because there have been 18 previous strains that have been discovered over the years. That makes this sound like a more typical flu that morphs. That right?

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