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CDC Update

The Coronavirus in Our Community – Health, Symptoms and Prevention

The global pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapid and evolving situation. The virous appears to be highly contagious. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 is spread mostly though person-to-person contact. The virous can be deadly, especially to those who are elderly or whose immune system is compromised.

Anyone who thinks they might have been espoused to COVD-19 or is experiencing symptoms, should seek immediate medical advice and assistance. CDC lists the COVD-19 symptoms as:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person who has COVD-19, or you have recently traveled to or are in an area with known outbreaks, the CDC advises that you immediately call your doctor.

Southold Town lesson officer Government Liaison Officer Denis Noncarrow is directing people to the CDC website and says “people should call their doctor or hospital if they feel they have symptoms.”

If you are sick:

  • Stay home, except to get medical care
  • Limit contact with people or pets.
  • Avoid public transportation
  • Avoid public areas
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Wear a facemask

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVD-19. The best way to prevent contracting the illness is to not come into contact with it. The government is recommending that people who are elderly or have compromised immune systems and are living in areas where the vaccine is spreading (Suffolk County falls into this category) consider self-isolating.

Everyone should:

  • Wash their hands regularly (with soap and water, for up to 20 seconds)
  • Avoid close contact with others and crowded spaces.
  • Avoid touching their face and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

More information is available on the CDC’s website. Most people who contract COVD-19 will recover, and some may only experience mild symptoms. But it is important to seek medical advice – call your doctor.