Miami – 05 March, 2020
Miami Scientific Italian Community is committed to the health and safety of all residents in wake of the developing outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), making the timely dissemination of actionable intelligence essential.
The education is vital, Miami Scientific Italian Community has wanted recently sent out communication to regarding important facts about COVID-19 and what steps to take.
The notion that “knowledge is power” has taken on a whole new meaning in our present climate, with the need for the sharing actionable information to outpace the spread of the coronavirus being paramount.
At this time we need to take common approaches to avoid spreading the virus such as routinely disinfecting common areas and washing hands.
“We must all work together as one global community – public and private sector, as well as individuals – to address this health and humanitarian crisis,” said Fabio De Furia, President of Miami Scientific Italian Community. “As the needs of our local communities continue to grow rapidly, we must act quickly to provide resources and knowledge where there are gaps, and help local communities protect their most vulnerable populations.
“We will be news-driven, we will monitor all updates provided by the CDC, Florida Department of Health, local county and city municipalities for any advice or specific steps to take and will also include links to some of the most important resources scientists, companies and non-profits are referencing at this time”.
Below are the key points with which to educate yourself so that you are well informed.
- Shortness of Breath
- Respiratory Issues
- Person-to-person spread
- 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)
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
- It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of the respiratory diseases including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- 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 wipes
- Wash your hands 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 is not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- We need to push our local, state, and national leaders to close ALL schools and public spaces and cancel all events and public gatherings now.
- No kid playdates, parties, sleepovers, or families/friends visiting each other’s houses and apartments.
- Take care of yourself and your family, but maintain social distance.
- Reduce the frequency of going to stores, restaurants, and coffee shops for the time being.
- 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).
- We considered it appropriate to provide information obtained from direct contacts with local and Italian authorities.
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