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CoronavirusPosted by Eva Detloff on 2/26/2020
02-26-2020 IDPH News Release: Illinois Taking Preventative Action to Limit Spread of Coronavirus (click here for entire Memo)
"Current risk to Illinoisans remains low, but state taking all steps to prepare.
While efforts to contain the number of COVID-19 cases will continue, Illinois will also utilize community mitigation strategies. Community mitigation aims to slow the spread of a novel virus in communities using nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) better known as “everyday preventive actions” including:
(1) staying home when sick (2) covering coughs and sneezes (3) frequent handwashing and (4) routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects.
In the absence of medications or vaccines, community mitigation measures are the first line of defense against highly transmissible infectious diseases.
Preventative actions should be practiced by Illinoisans at all times, but especially as we continue to monitor potential spread of a new virus.
For more information about how you can prepare for the spread of the virus and steps you can take to stay healthy, visit https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/. While these materials reference influenza, the information and actions you can take to prepare yourself and your community still apply, for At Home, At School, At Work, and At a Gathering."
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The best ways to prevent infection are similar to the precautions you would take to avoid the flu.
Everyday actions actions include:
1. Handwashing with soap and water often
2. Avoid touching your eye, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
3. Cover your cough or sneeze
4. Stay home if you are sick
5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
6. Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces
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