A message from Yakima Valley Emergency Management via their Facebook page helps with all the confusion that has been circulating about the coronavirus, COVID-19. In a nutshell, treat it like the flu, and wash your hands, stay home if you're sick, get rest. We'll get through this together.

Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors. This comes from the CDC via Yakima Emergency Management.

Fact 1
Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
For up-to-date information, visit CDC’s Coronavirus disease situation summary page.

Fact 2
The risk of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. is low.
Some people who have traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community.

Fact 3
Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.

Fact 4
You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you have traveled to China in the past 14 days and feel sick. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

Fact 5
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

For more local facts and updates on COVID-19 visit the Yakima Health District.

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