COVID-19 and ALP

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially called the coronavirus disease a pandemic, and the US has declared the pandemic a national emergency. According to the WHO, there have been over 150,000 confirmed cases of people with COVID-19 worldwide and almost 6,000 have died so far. While immediate risk is still considered low for most Americans, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) expects that most of the US population will be exposed to the virus.

 

Should we be concerned about coronavirus? Definitely. As of today, 33 states and the District of Columbia have closed schools and metropolitan school districts in major cities have also shuttered for the next few weeks in an attempt to slow the coronavirus spread. Should we be preparing for a massive quarantine and acting like a December blizzard with massive snowfall has been predicted by raiding grocery stores of all toilet paper, soap, sanitizer, bread, milk, cheese, beer, and taco supplies? Probably not. But as the disease spreads in the US, it is important to take precautions.

Information about COVID-19 is still evolving but the CDC recommends the following preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Dry them thoroughly with an air dryer or clean towel. If soap isn’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth. Use a tissue to cover a cough or sneeze, then dispose of it in the trash.
  • Use a household wipe or spray to disinfect doorknobs, light switches, desks, keyboards, sinks, toilets, cell phones, and other objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • If you must touch something, use a tissue or sleeve to protect your hand.
  • It may also be important to create a household plan of action. Talk with people who need to be included in your plan, plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications such as elderly family members, get to know your neighbors, and make sure you and your family have a household plan that includes ways to care for loved ones if they get sick. This includes planning a way to separate a family member who gets sick from those who are healthy, if the need arises.

 

Since threats like COVID-19 can lead to the circulation of misinformation, it’s important to trust information only from reputable health organizations and government sources such as the CDC and the WHO.

ALP is fully operational and will work with all our partner schools, universities, and businesses as needed during this time. We have safety and business practices in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff. We value your trust as we all face these challenges together.

 

For more info please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html