Simple steps to limit coronavirus risk


In a 10 p.m. news conference last night, Governor Brian Kemp announced that two cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in Fulton County. Both individuals are in the same household and one of them recently returned from travel in Italy (a high-risk country for the coronavirus). Those two persons have minimal symptoms, are under the care of a physician, and are in “at home isolation” so that they will not infect others.  

The governor and the state health officer emphasized the pre-planning that has already been put in place to deal with such situations.

Local churches can take several simple steps to limit risks to their congregations.

  1.  Above all, anyone feeling unwell should stay home and seek medical care.

  2. Get a flu shot.

  3. Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds. Use soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Viruses can live on surfaces, where your hands may touch. Once on your hands, the virus may enter your body.

  5. Practice respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissue immediately.

  6. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Call ahead for an appointment to limit your exposure to others.

Taking these steps makes it possible for us to stay calm and encourage others to follow our example. I hope that each local church will embrace this opportunity to be alive together in community service by publicizing these steps.  

Alive Together in Witness,
Lawson Bryan

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