2019 Coronavirus - Updates
The risk of being exposed to this virus within Massachusetts continues to be low at this time. We are more likely to become sick with a cold or the flu.than to be exposed to the Coronavirus. One reason this virus has spread is because there is no vaccine; however, while the virus can make people very sick, most people recover fully.
If the disease were to being spreading in Massachusetts, public health officials, including Weston's Board of Health, are already working together to be prepared.
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While the risk to the American public is low at this time, printable fact sheets are available from the Department of Public Health with information on the virus, detection and prevention.
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses:
- 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
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- 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 surface
There is currently no vaccine for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
For Healthcare Professionals
Be on the look-out for people with travel history to China, and fever and respiratory symptoms.
If you are a healthcare professional caring a 2109-nCoV patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
For People Who May Have 2019-nCoV Infection