The Three Percenters - Original and Dept. of Health COVID-19 Update & Public Service Announcement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Until further notice, all TTPO meetings, trainings and gatherings will be cancelled or moved to video conference only.
March 16, 2020
The Three Percenters Original is aware of the mounting media hype over the Coronavirus and that we are aware of the population of people who are diagnosed with severe illness or fatality are those that are older, the very young and those with previously compromised immune systems.
That being said, as POTUS has put out his announcements of preventative measures we feel we should address the issue as an organization.
First and foremost, it should not need stating that the best prevention is simple good hygiene practices such as thorough and frequent hand-washing (hand sanitizer, while better than nothing, will not replace hand-washing), cleaning frequently touched surfaces and coughing into your arm or sleeve, as well as just simply staying home if you are ill.
Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, all TTPO meetings, trainings and gatherings will be cancelled or moved to video conference only. This will remain in effect until further notice.
Finally. we would like our members to be prepared in the event the media hype forces the closing of certain businesses and such. These closures could lead to shortage in food supply and other commodities. We should be prepared for such an event.
What have you done to prepare?
Have you thought about what happens if grocery stores close? What if the stores don’t and the manufacturing plants do, such as Kraft, Kellogs, Proctor & Gamble, etc, which produce such a vast amount of our grocery items?
At this time, we cannot rely on these things remaining available and must prepare for the “just in case” moments, which may never happen. If you do not have any food storage supplies, you may want to think about starting that little by little. Does that mean go ahead and spend your savings on stocking up, or cleaning out the store shelves? Absolutely not. Simply put, buy those staples your household uses, buy some extra meats and beans and such, and maybe think about starting a garden if you have not done so already. You can also have some MRE’s or other freeze-dried goods stored away that can last anywhere from five to twenty-five years.
Other things to keep in mind are things like some extra packs of toilet paper (just one package from Sam’s club or two or three from your local grocery should suffice, leave some for other people as well), also some extra soap to have on hand, and maybe a luxury item or two you enjoy.
How concerned should you be?
While you should be concerned enough to make sure you are prepared for the effects of the media hype and people’s concerns, you should not go into a panic. Make sure you are prepared, you maintain good hygiene and stay away from people who have the flu (or symptoms of) as you are more likely to suffer more from the flu than the coronavirus (barring those with the aforementioned conditions, who should take additional precautions.
The Three Percenters - Original
OFFICIAL NOTICES FROM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:
International Travel Advisory
Most state department of health’s is advising all individuals who have traveled internationally to follow the new CDC guidelines, summarized below:
• Level 3: Mandatory 14-day self-isolation and practice social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
• Level 2 and Cruises: Monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
• For more information regarding current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Nile Cruise Advisory
It is advised that all individuals who traveled on a river cruise on the Nile River in Egypt in February 2020 to self-isolate for 14 days following their date of return to the United States. Several passengers in the United States recently developed symptoms and have been confirmed to be infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 must remain in isolation until they test negative.
What you Should Know
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
• Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
• Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, 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% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The CDC does not recommend that asymptomatic, healthy people 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).
A person that experiences a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and any other destination under CDC travel advisory should call ahead to their health care provider and local county health department (CHD) and mention their recent travel or close contact.
If a person has had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from this area or been in contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, they should call ahead to a health care professional and the county health department. The health care professional will work with the Department to determine if the person should be tested for COVID-19.