What we know about coronavirus (COVID-19)
According to the CDC, there are currently no vaccines available to protect against COVID-19. To reduce the risk of infection:
- Wash your hands often 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 are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- 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 wipe.
As of Wednesday, March 19, 2020, a Global 4 Health Advisory was issued, meaning you should not travel. The State Department advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Please remember, alerts, warnings and watches are quickly evolving so it is critical that you stay informed regarding current status of any areas you may be considering visiting. Those planning to travel are encouraged to purchase travel insurance in the event their trip is cancelled.