What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of common viruses. They are named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. Some coronaviruses only affect animals, but others can also affect humans. Most people get infected with human coronaviruses at some time in their life.
Human coronaviruses cause respiratory illnesses. There are several different types of coronaviruses, including those that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
What is COVID-19
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new type of coronavirus. It causes respiratory illness in people. It was first identified in Wuhan, China. It has spread to many countries around the world.
What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Should I wear a facemask?
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Should I stay home?
To help stop the spread of germs, sick patrons or those exhibiting flu-like symptoms, should stay home.
Access to our online resources is available 24/7. Use your CPL library card to download eBooks & eAudiobooks with OverDrive, stream movies through Hoopla or Kanopy, and borrow magazines with RB Digital.
Where can I learn more?
NYS Coronavisrus Hotline 888-364-3065
Crandall Public Library is monitoring the situation, and will act with guidance from the NYS Department of Health and Warren County Public Health.