Information/Resources regarding Coronavirus in Maryland

Your Health Matters

  

If you suspect that you’ve been exposed to Coronavirus, it is best to call your doctor before showing up. They might have special protocols in place to decrease exposure to other patients. 

Links to stay up to date:

American Public Health Association

CDC

 Johns Hopkins 

 World Health Organization 

Maryland Department of Health

Travel Advisory

Schools

 Coronavirus Alert Sign (for Patients)​ 

 Coronavirus Alert Sign (for Clinicians)


Advisory Weapons Licensing 


Help Cecil County with EMS Clinicians, Apply Here:   https://www.ccdes.org/ 

Maryland Coronavirus via Governor Hogan Cases State of Emergency Underway

Latest News:

We highly recommend you get the latest updates from the maryland.gov  as they may change hourly.

Here is the information directly from IRS about your Coronavirus Tax Relief:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus  

Service Members are can apply for $1500 due to hardship via PenFed Grant: https://penfedfoundation.org/apply-for-assistance/coronavirus-emergency-financial-assistance/

Also, get your absentee ballot at vote.org #VoteMia


General Information

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause a variety of illnesses from the common cold to SARS. Although the current virus is often referred to as COVID19, COVID19 is actually the disease syndrome, not the virus. The virus that is causing COVID29 is SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the coronavirus family (which has to do with the virus’ shape under a microscope and has nothing to do with Corona beer). In most people, the new virus will cause normal cold symptoms such as fever, fatigue, and a dry cough. Some people will also experience a runny nose, nasal congestion, diarrhea, sore throat, and body aches. The vast majority (80%) of people infected with the virus go on to make a full recovery without any medical treatment from doctors or hospitals. 


Unfortunately, about 1 in 6 people experience more intense symptoms and end up needing some help. More severe symptoms include difficulty breathing and those most affected tend to be the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions like diabetes or heart problems.  

Regardless of SARS-CoV-2 exposure, if you’re having difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention

How does it spread?

Like many viruses, SARS-CoV-2 spreads when we cough or exhale. Doing so releases droplets containing the virus into the air and those in close proximity to an infected person might then breathe in the droplets or touch a common surface and then touch their face, allowing the virus to invade a new host. While we’re still learning about SARS-CoV-2, research suggests that people have to be pretty close together for transmission to occur via inhalation. 

How can I keep myself and my family safe?

Wash your hands. It really is the best way to stay healthy, especially since SARS-CoV-2 isn’t the only virus out there. Most people, especially kids, don’t wash their hands long enough or frequently enough. Here’s a good demonstration of the proper technique by World Health Organization (WHO):

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PmVJQUCm4E 


Wash hands before every meal, after using the bathroom, and anytime you’re touching common surfaces like door knobs. Please ensure you're also taking care of your pets as well.


You’re probably wondering if you need a mask. The short answer is no, not unless you’re sick. The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak is causing a shortage of face masks and we need to prioritize those still available for our frontline healthcare workers who are at the greatest risk of infection from SARS-CoV-2 and other illnesses like the flu. Most commercially available masks aren’t up to the task of preventing virus transmission anyway. 


The harder ask is to stay home when you’re sick. Not everyone has that ability and it will greatly hamper our ability to contain this outbreak. We don’t want anyone to panic as that won’t help the situation, but it’s not a bad idea to stay on top of your prescription refills and have a plan in case of school closures. 

What If's?

Please communicate with your Friends, Neighbors, Employers, and local Leaders to discuss your plan to work from home if possible, how to care for your children if schools close, how to care for elder friends or neighbors, how to properly wash hands like a doctor, what to do after touching your face or using the restroom (wash your hands not hand sanitizer), what happens if local curfew happens, and what is your plan for self quarantine. 

Bottom Line: Have a Plan

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