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Coronavirus: The Facts

There are different coronaviruses; the one recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization is novel coronavirus COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness marked by severe flu symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath and fever. It has been spreading worldwide, with multiple cases now confirmed in California. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the health risk to the general public from COVID-19 remains low, 

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

What are the symptoms?

A recent study showed that it takes five days on average for patients with COVID-19 to show symptoms. The mild to severe respiratory illness has symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Severe complications have included pneumonia in both lungs. There is currently no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19 nor is there a vaccine to prevent it.

Who is at risk?

Older persons and those with underlying conditions and/or compromised immune systems are most at risk.

How is COVID-19 transmitted?

According to the CDPH, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. 

What can you do to protect yourself against COVID-19?

Watch this video from the World Health Organization:

One comment

  1. Statewide School closure is a Phenomenally poor choice and NOT supported by the majority of the teachers, parents and students in my district. Students need continuity, structure, and role models. Even my 8th grade student have a good grasp of the situation ( CV-19 is another virus that is possibly more virulent but has low mortality, comparable to most viruses and represents very low risk to young people). Unlike CTA and most of the “leadership” in the world today, they are sturdy, brave, and have faith in modern medicine and their own virility. Entities in the US are fear-mongering and much of the populace has bought into it. Panic buying of toilet paper and bottled water? Really? This is irrational behavior and you are promoting it.

    Many students depend on the school for safe space, food, structure, and caring. The classroom teacher may be the only normal and caring human in their lives. You are proposing wrecking their lives for an unknown benefit. No sports or social activities is enough disturbance. Don’t make it worse. The cost:benefit is not worth it.

    Finally, closing schools will impose a huge additional workload for teachers and will negatively impact student achievement. Students will not work appropriately and learning will not occur.

    People should self-quarantine as necessary and as they see fit. Let the rest of us soldier on and educate kids.
    Stop fear-mongering and show some fortitude. People and students are tough. Support them.

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