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Health officials offer measures to combat new disease caused by coronavirus

Post Date:03/04/2020 8:29 AM

The San Angelo-Tom Green County Health Department has been working for several weeks monitoring and preparing for any local cases of coronavirus. Currently, there are no known cases of the disease in San Angelo and Tom Green County. 

There are many types of human coronaviruses, including those that commonly cause mild upper respiratory tract illnesses. However, COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a new coronavirus that has not been previously been seen in humans. COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness such as the common cold. The preventive measures recommended for this disease are similar to other communicable diseases such as influenza. 

Proper hygiene is crucial at this time. The public should follow these simple measures in order to slow down the progression of COVID-19. 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the interim.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or ears, especially with dirty hands. Doing so introduces germs into your body.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away or use your bent elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick and disinfect common areas such as countertops, doorknobs, railings and telephones. 

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Following these simple measures will help slow down the progression and spread of disease throughout our communities. This will allow time for the production of such things as anti-viral medications and vaccines. These measures will also help prevent an overload of the health care system. Residents should call ahead to doctors’ offices and hospitals to let them know their signs and symptoms so that the provider can best prepare for their arrival. Remember, we are still in flu season and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu: fever, cough and shortness of breath.            

The City of San Angelo Health Department has been in regular contact with public health leadership both at the state and federal levels. Our Health Services website has links to both the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services; look to those authoritative sites for the most current and up-to-date guidelines and information. 

While there are no cases of COVID-19 in the general population in San Angelo or Texas at this time, we are advising the public to remain vigilant and to continue practicing these basic preventative measures. Our everyday habits are significant and can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as other viruses and diseases. 

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/COVID19.

Visit our COVID-19 web page for more information. 

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