THE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
The 2019 novel coronavirus is a virus that was recently identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and is now being spread widely in other parts of mainland China. More cases are being detected worldwide. The virus causes respiratory illness. You can learn more at the California Department of Public Health page.
The risk of exposure to this new coronavirus is low in California. Local health departments are communicating with travelers returning from mainland China to provide guidance about limiting public interactions for 14 days. Travelers from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020 should be excluded from school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China.
Here is the CDC guidance on returning travelers: Click Here
All students, parents, and staff should take the following everyday preventive actions:
- Stay home when sick
- Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines
- Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe
- Use “respiratory etiquette”
- Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve
- Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans
- Wash hands frequently
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces.
- Separate those who are sick from others until they can go home. When feasible, identify a “sick room” through which others do not regularly pass.
A note about face masks: face masks are most useful for preventing disease spread when they are worn by people who have symptoms. This is why people are asked to wear a mask at doctors’ offices and hospitals if they are coughing or sneezing.