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Coronavirus Prevention Measures

Even though it is early March, we are still in cold and flu season. However, this year, we face a new and serious health concern with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The YMCA of Central Kentucky and the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) are monitoring the global coronavirus situation closely.

Below you will find some healthy reminders from the World Health Organization (WHO), and links to both the WHO and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These organizations are providing up-to-date information about this virus and are offering guidance and resources for responding to this, and other types, of wide spread illness.

At this time, there have been no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus in Kentucky.

Please remember to follow the suggested tips below. Please also follow our cleanliness recommendations when you visit one of the six YMCA of Central Kentucky locations.

We will update all of our members and program participants with information if and when warranted.

According to the WHO, these are suggested basic protective measures against the new coronavirus:

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

  1. Wash your hands frequently
    Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
     
  2. Maintain social distancing
    Maintain at least three feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
     
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
     
  4. Practice respiratory hygiene
    Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
     
  5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
    Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
     
  6. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
    Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019