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March 11, 2020

Office of Rep. Kirkpatrick Releases Coronavirus Pandemic Prevention Recommendations

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Office of Rep. Kirkpatrick released the following statement and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To ensure southern Arizonans have the best information to protect and care for themselves and loved ones, Rep. Kirkpatrick recommends visiting  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website to learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC considers the coronavirus to be a serious public health threat and has officially labeled it a pandemic. It is important that communities are aware of the disease and the efforts necessary to prevent its spread. 

“Arizonans deserve a coordinated, fully-funded, whole-of-government response to keep us safe from the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Congress overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan, bicameral emergency coronavirus response funding package of $8.3 billion. This package delivers the smart, science-based response to this global crisis that we need and should expect,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “Today, I’m in Washington working with my colleagues on finding solutions that can mitigate the impact; I won’t stop fighting for resources and programs that can help keep Arizona families safe and healthy. We must ensure that no matter your income or health care coverage, each person has access to the care and resources they need. As we receive updates and health recommendations, our office will do it’s best to inform the community and spread awareness. In the meantime, it is important to remain calm and take the recommended precautions outlined by the CDC. As always, please contact my office if there is anything we can do to help. I look forward to seeing you soon.” 

*Below is information from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)*

Background: There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home except to get medical care 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask – see CDC recommendations
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Call your doctor if you…

  • Develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 AND/OR If you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Travel Warnings 
CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. CDC also advises that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel to Japan. Travelers should practice usual precautions when traveling to Hong Kong. If you plan to travel internationally, I encourage you to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories while you are there. 

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