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Summary of #coronavirus #COVID19 webinar by @JohnsHopkinsIH yesterday:
🔹 No country is fully prepared for an epidemic
🔹 during Ebola outbreak, 10% of tweets had bad info
🔹 Others were rumors about govt conspiracies
🔹 Others were chaos inducing tweets
🔹Propaganda blames various different populations, give rise to discrimination
🔹 There is NO CURE for #COVIDー19
🔹 There is no foolproof preventative
🔹 Surgical masks are NOT EFFECTIVE
🔹N95 #Masks are needed by medical staff. We need them to stay healthy. DON'T stockpile
🔹Community transmission - identify (testing), isolate (hospital), inform (community, health authorities)
🔹Long term care facilities have older, less heathy populations. DON'T visit them if sick. When visiting, use good #hand hygiene
🔹Facility workers should use masks
"Social distancing" - avoiding sick people, avoiding people when you're sick - not very effective.

Ex: closing schools

🔹 People may congregate elsewhere & spread virus
🔹 Makes it harder for health care workers to go to work - need childcare
4/8 #InfectiousDisease
What SHOULD we do?

Do a better job at hand hygiene!

The CDC has a site about how to best wash your hands / sanitize if soap & water aren't an option. 5/8 #handwashing…
Practice good respirstory / cough etiquette!
🔹 Cough into elbow or cover mouth with tissue
🔹 Wash/sanitize hands
Have 2 months worth of prescription meds to avoid going to pharmacy where sick people are.

Above all, DON'T PANIC.

If you think you may have #COVIDー19, call your doctor / hospital so that they can direct you to the correct entrance to prevent contaminating others.
As this testing becomes more available, we will see an increase in cases that were already in our communities. That's normal. People can be infected and have 0 symptoms.

Most importantly, DO NOT go to the doctor or ER if you don't have symptoms! 8/8 #coronavirus
ANOTHER reason to NOT stockpile the #N95mask if you aren't a healthcare worker in a hospital or clinic.

We NEED our healthcare workers to stay healthy!
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