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Keep Calm, Wash Your Hands

May 21 Covid19 stats update:

Polk County- 766 confirmed cases, 45 deaths (5.8%)
Florida- 46,944 confirmed cases, 2052 deaths (4.4%)
USA- 1.6 million cases, 94629 deaths (5.9%)



KEEP CALM AND WASH YOUR HANDS

 

            I am writing this to try to get out some general information about precautions for the Coronavirus as well as any flu or or other contagious illness. There has been some concern regarding how to protect ourselves and prevent spreading any illness to others.

            We live in a relatively small community with many of our residents being frequent travelers.  Whether its taking a bus trip, a cruise or simply flying back to the north, many of us are exposed to many things regularly, not to mention a trip to the store where many others have been before you using the same shopping carts, bathrooms, counters, door handles etc. You get the idea, we are all exposed and vulnerable to many illnesses on a daily basis.

            The human body is remarkable in many ways including its ability to protect us from many of these illnesses and mounts its own defense to fight them. Some people have compromised immune systems that cannot fight off illness as well as others. From time to time a particular strain or type of virus or flu comes along that our bodies cannot fight off on its own. Ebola, Sars, Cholera, Zika and Corona are just a few that have effected millions world wide that required some outside intervention to reduce, control and hopefully eradicate.

            The first and best defense to many of these is precautions before an outbreak becomes wide spread. The most common everyday precautions we should be practicing are simple daily events. Hand washing, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue if available or your elbow when coughing and sneezing, properly disposing of tissues and sanitizing common surfaces to name a few. Getting vaccines when available and staying home from work and away from others when ill helps to reduce spreading viral illnesses. Recently most of us had a chance to enjoy the common cold that made its way through the park. It came and it went with minimal damage save for some who it hit worse than others, some had the effects last several weeks but mostly with some common sense home treatments and over the counter cold medications, we made it through.

            The latest and biggest news is the Coronvirus and whether you believe it is a serious situation or not, you can be sure that it has the potential to become a very serious situation world wide. You can watch the daily news and see what is going on with many businesses including airlines, cruise lines  and other transportation methods, public events are being canceled in some areas and the news is full of information on what to do to help prevent spreading this virus.

            The questions we should be looking at is what about Woodbrook? What are we doing here to help. Well trying to get information on precautions out to our residents is a start. We are  not wishing to panic anyone but to simply make people aware of the serious potential of this latest outbreak. The possibility of it coming here is real. As stated earlier, we have a lot of travelers here, both world wide and local and as we know there are cases as close as Tampa so you don't have to travel to far to be potentially exposed. So that being said, here is a reminder list of what we can do individually to help.

  1. WASH YOUR HANDS MANY TIMES A DAY.
  2. COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES WITH A TISSUE OR YOUR ELBOW.
  3. PROPERLY DISPOSE OF TISSUES.
  4. DONT TOUCH YOUR FACE WITHOUT WASHING YOUR HANDS FIRST.
  5. USE YOUR ARM TO PUSH DOORS OPEN WHEN POSSIBLE.
  6. OPEN DOOR KNOBS WITH A PAPER TOWEL.
  7. WIPE DOWN GROCERY CARTS WITH ANTIBIODIC WIPES
  8. TURN LIGHT SWITCHES OUTSIDE YOUR HOME ON AND OFF WITH YOUR KNUCKLES.
  9. KEEP BOTTLES OF HAND SANITIZER IN YOUR HOME AND CAR AND USE THEM REGULARLY.
  10. USE DISPOSABLE GLOVES ON GAS STATION PUMP HANDLES.
  11. THERE ARE HAND SANITIZER DISPENSERS AT BOTH CLUB HOUSES, USE THEM.
  12. THERE ARE GYM WIPES IN THE GYM FOR WIPING DOWN EQUIPMENT BEFORE AND AFTER USE.
  13. LIMIT HANDSHAKING WHILE THE VIRUS IS MAKING ITS ROUNDS.

 

“The Coronavirus is spread by large droplets from coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you but if you touch an infected surface and then touch your face you may become infected. The virus will “live” on clothing for a week or more and will live on hard surfaces for up to a week. The virus only has cell receptors for lung cells so it only infects your lungs. The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth “(1). The idea of surgical masks is to prevent you from touching your face / mouth / nose area. They do not seal well enough for most people to prevent it from getting in. Once you understand the virus you will see that it is not all that terrifying, and logical precautions will lessen your chance of becoming infected. In comparison the flu this year, so far, 16,000 people have died and 280,000 people have been hospitalized during the 2019-2020 flu season, according to preliminary estimates from the CDC.  SO REMEMBER: KEEP CALM AND WASH YOUR HANDS.

 

Rick Galarneau

Emergency Preparedness Coodinator.

 

 

(1) James A Robb MD. From “A DOCTOR ADVISES DOCTORS RE THE CORONAVIRUS