Who is vulnerable. There are no genetic or racial predispositions to the COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Native Americans and people of color have been disproportionately affected due to social and prior health reasons. But this is about to change as everyone takes steps to flatten the curve. All people with existing medical conditions such as heart, lung disease, or diabetes have increased risk of complications. CDC information. Local news.
Prevent exposure. COVID-19 disease is highly-contagious.
- There is currently no coronavirus vaccine.
- Stay home, if possible. Avoid contact with others, even family.
- Avoid person-to-person transmission.
- Maintain social distancing (greater than 6 feet).
- Use a grocery delivery service, or ask someone to bring food.
- Avoid touching your face without first washing hands.
- Disease may be spread by those who show no symptoms.
- Avoid droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking.
- Droplets may enter the nose, eyes, mouth, and lungs.
- Wearing a mask, even a cloth mask, may help.
- Prioritize masks for medical personnel and the sick.
Cleaning. Recommended by the CDC. More information.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces daily.
- Tables, countertops, doorknobs, handles, desks, phones, lights, toilets.
- Clean frequently-used surfaces with soap and water.
- Disinfect with bleach solution. Mix 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons per quart.
- Alternative disinfectants include 70% alcohol or 3% hydrogen peroxide, among others.
- List of disinfectants proven effective against SARS-CoV-2.
Maintain health. Our recommendations.