By now all of us are aware that the greater Seattle area is ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. By all reports it appears that the virus disproportionately affects older people, especially those with pre-existing health conditions. Therefore, it is important that all of us follow coronavirus developments carefully, and be prepared to cancel events if so advised by health department officials.
WSSRA partner AARP Washington provided the majority of the list below as resources/tips that may be helpful in preventing exposure and spread of the virus.
- Resources for at risk individuals and those with underlying medical conditions
- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
- Stay home when sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who may be sick. Separation by at least six feet is recommended.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health’s website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID) OR Washington State Department of Health (https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus).
- If you have questions or concerns you may call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press # Call volume is large, be prepared to wait.
In addition, you may want to follow virus updates through a website produced by Mercer Island High School junior Avi Schiffmann (www.ncov2019.live) that has enjoyed popular acclaim and is followed closely by thousands of interested observers from across the globe.
Please contact the WSSRA office if a particular situation arises that needs attention. Like you, we will be following developments in the coronavirus situation closely and will provide updates as appropriate.
Alan Burke, Executive Director
360-413-5496 ext 118