As of today, one case in northern California has tested positive for COVID-19.
“While the CDC’s comments this week indicate heightened concern, it is important to note that we have been making preparations all along to not only contain the spread of the disease, should it occur in California, but also to mitigate the impact of the virus if community spread were to occur.” “As we continue to prepare for the likelihood of community spread in the U.S., we have begun stepping up our planning and preparedness efforts around mitigation strategies recommended by the CDC.
As of February 25, there are more than 80,000 cases of coronavirus disease worldwide, including more than 2,700 deaths. There are 57 cases and no deaths to date in the United States. The CDC expects cases to continue to be confirmed in the upcoming days and weeks, but wants everyone to take action to help prevent the spread of the virus. There is currently one suspected case of community spread of the disease in northern California. CDC officials also said due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important for families to be prepared.
CDC is recommending communities prepare for what they would do if community spread occurs by:
• Recommending schools review their infection prevention and control plans in the event there is a local outbreak in the community.
• Recommending employers in the public and private sectors review their plans to ensure they are able to operate with adaptations like telework and flexible sick leave policies, as well as how to respond if an employee gets sick.
• Providing guidance to the public about the steps they can take that would help slow the spread of illness, including staying home when sick.
This health event is dynamic and evolving rapidly. PHARMATIVE in accordance with the CDC recommendations suggest to take the following precautions for Coronavirus 19: 1) Cancel all unnecessary travel plans to Asia and Italy; 2) Review your employer’s epidemic policy; 3) Work remotely, if you can; 4) Avoid contact with large groups of people; 5) Use hand sanitizers and masks, as needed; 6) If you are immunocompromised or on immunosuppressants, then stay home and 7) Stock up on medicines, dry food and canned goods.
Stay Safe and Healthy!