What is the Coronavirus
The Coronavirus is a beta coronavirus that originates from bats. Initially, the disease was detected in people who live in or traveled to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. It was determined early on that those people ill from the coronavirus frequented a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China. This indicated a possible animal -to -person spread. Later, it was determined that some of the people affected had no connection to the seafood and animal market. Since it has been determined that the virus can spread from person to person. The risk depends on the exposure to the virus. Healthcare workers who are caring for those affected by the virus are at the highest risk for exposure. Otherwise, the risk for the general public here in Massachusetts is low unless exposed to the disease.
The Coronavirus is a member of the same family of viruses that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). As a result, it is spread between close contacts via respiratory droplets such as coughing or sneezing. However, there may be evidence that the respiratory droplets may travel farther than expected and, likely, infect those without close contact to an infected individual. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The incubation period is 2 days to 14 days after being exposed.
The CDC has developed an assay protocol to test for the virus. Currently, all testing takes place at the CDC but soon public health labs throughout the U.S. will be able to obtain this test so further testing can take place in other locations. Studies will continue so there is a broader understanding of the virus characteristics, communicability, severity, and vaccine and medication treatment.
How to prevent infection
1. Receive the seasonal influenza vaccine.
2. Frequent and thorough handwashing for 20 seconds.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth and cover all areas when coughing or sneezing.
4. Disinfect items used frequently.
5. Avoid contact with people who have respiratory symptoms.
6. Receive antiviral medications, if diagnosed with seasonal influenza.
If interested in receiving the flu vaccine, please call your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to schedule an appointment.
The Milton Community Food Pantries Need Your Help!
The Milton Community Food Pantry is currently suspending all food donations from residents to the pantry due to the possible transfer of COVID-19. Monetary donations are fine and checks can be made payable to Milton Community Food Pantry at 158 Blue Hills Parkway Milton, MA 02186.
The Concord Baptist Food Pantry is also seeking monetary donations. Checks can be made payable to Concord Baptist Church, and in the memo line write “Food Pantry,” located at 180 Blue Hill Ave. Milton, MA 02186. Concord Baptist Food Pantry will be open this coming Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 9 a.m. for distribution at 180 Blue Hill Ave Milton, MA 02186.
Currently, neither food pantry is looking for any more volunteers as they are practicing proper social distancing protocol. Thank you, and any small donation can make a huge impact!
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