Dr. Hawkins provides precautions to Rotarians concerning COVID-19

With the World Health Organization declaring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic on March 11, Dr. Cassandra Hawkins provided specific instructions to Holly Springs Rotary Club members on the viral disease and what precautions to take to try to not get infected.

On that date, no cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) had been reported in Mississippi but one had been reported in the Shelby County area just 40 miles away. As of Tuesday morning of this week, the number of presumed positive cases in Mississippi was at 21, according to the state Health Department. Symptoms include a dry

cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Handwashing for 30 seconds with soap is the primary suggestion for avoiding spreading the virus to oneself or to others. Keep hands away from the face, Hawkins said.

As with other respiratory viruses, coughing should be done in the sleeve at the elbow.

There is no treatment for COVID-19 but symptomatic relief can be obtained with certain medications.

"While there is no vaccine and no specific treatment, we can all follow the guidelines and use precautions including washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using 60 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizer," Hawkins said. "Sanitize surfaces and cover up those coughs and sneezes. And don't touch your mouth or nose with unwashed hands. Stay home if you are sick and stay away from people who are sick."

WHO has also recommended that individuals follow the guidelines set by that organization, and national, regional, or local health authorities to protect the health and safety of everyone. If it is recommended, postpone or cancel in-person meetings or hold them online or by phone.

Pay attention to travel advisories and exercise caution during travel.

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