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COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Prevention Tips

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What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

According  to  the  current  information from  the  United  States  (US)  Centers  for  Disease  Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 is a new disease and “we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the U.S.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Now this family of viruses includes the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV); a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Viruses  seen  in  past  years  such  as  the  Middle  East  Respiratory  Syndrome  named  “MERS-CoV,” and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome named “SARS-CoV” belong to this family of coronaviruses. The 2019 novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 has been named “SARS-CoV-2 .”

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How COVID-19 spreads:

Person-to-person  spread is  the  main  mode  of  the  virus  (SARS-CoV-2 )  transmission  identified by CDC for COVID-19. CDC reported that, like other respiratory viruses such as  influenza,  the  virus  can  spread  between  people  who  are  in  close  contact  with  one  another  or  through  respiratory  droplets  produced  when  an  infected  person  coughs  or  sneezes.

COVID-19 virus and community spread:

According to CDC, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily. In some affected areas, this virus has a “community spread;” meaning  “people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.”

COVID-19 and the Food Supply Chain:

On  February  27,  2020  the  US  Food  and  Drug  Administration  (FDA)  issued a  Fact Statement informing the public that “FDA is not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. However, it  is  always  important  to  follow  good  hygiene  practices  (i.e.,  wash  hands  and  surfaces  often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.”

Similar to FDA, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or  food  packaging.  CDPH  reiterates  the  importance  of  good  hygiene  and  encourages practices and behaviors that can help prevent food handlers from spreading contaminants including viruses to food.

How to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Please  review  the  COVID-19  prevention  tips  on  CDPH’s  website.    In  short,  wash  your  hands regularly, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, cover your cough  or  sneeze,  avoid  close  contact  with  people  who  are  sick,  and  stay  home  if  you become sick.

Stay informed on COVID-19:

Please  visit  the  CDPH  dedicated  COVID-19  website for  the  latest  updates.  CDPH  continues  to  work  on  addressing  this  issue  with  the  White  House,  CDC,  FDA,  state agencies, local governments, health facilities and health care providers across the state, and other partners.


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