The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help deter the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.
The bigger threat to us at this time is influenza (flu). Flu is currently widespread throughout Maryland and there are things you can do to prevent the flu:
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands frequently; use hand sanitizer.
- Stay home when sick.
- Get a yearly flu shot. (It’s never too late!)
- Stay informed. You can get coronavirus updates and information on the CDC COVID-19 main page.
The same things that are used to prevent the spread of the flu are also those that prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For more information, including flu prevention techniques, please review the Maryland Department of Health’s Influenza Fact Sheet.
Free seasonal flu vaccines are available at the following Anne Arundel County Department of Health health centers:
Parole Health Center: 1950 Drew St, Annapolis, MD 21401 410-222-7247
Glen Burnie Health Center: 416 A St SW, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 410-222-6633