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Currently, a global pandemic has threatened the life and safety of individuals of the human population. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global pandemic, known as Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), “is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the virus are susceptible to mild to moderate respiratory illnesses and recover without needing special attention.”
Nonetheless, many people have developed moderate to severe illnesses, been placed on ventilators, and have even died. Studies show there is a possibility of secondary disease complications for young individuals with COVID-19. Being well educated about the virus itself is highly encouraged to help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.
Non-pharmaceutical interventions are recommended at this time as there is no vaccine supply readily available to attack the virus. COVID-19 spreads through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose area when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Community spread is of high priority due to the many populations being impacted throughout the United States. Protect others by practicing regular etiquette such as frequent hand washing and covering of the mouth, in your sleeve, when coughing or sneezing. It is also highly recommended for you to disinfect surfaces as often as possible to ensure the virus does not “hang around” longer than wanted.
As of Monday May 18, 2020, it is being reported there are more than 230 confirmed cases in Ashtabula County and of those confirmed cases reported, more than 25 individuals have died from COVID-19. In terms of Ohio as a whole, more than 27,500 cases are confirmed and of those, more than 1,600 Ohioans have died from COVID-19. Limited testing for COVID-19 is being done on a priority basis and therefore not everyone will be granted the opportunity to be tested. For this reason, it is imperative Ashtabula County residents continue to maintain “stay safe” recommendations such as frequent hand washing, social distancing, and most importantly, WEAR YOUR MASK!
As businesses begin to reopen, keep in mind the virus remains. If we become complacent, there is a possibility of jeopardizing decreasing trends and influencing the spread of COVID-19. Let us work together to combat the virus and defeat it for good.