OETA Parent Discussion Guide for COVID-19
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State of Emergency
What is COVID-19?
Answer: COVID-19 is a Coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people. Three of the most recent versions of Coronaviruses have their origins in bats. The occurrences of the virus from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of from an animal reservoir. Early on, many of the patients who were part of an outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States.
Why are major events like NBA games being cancelled?
Answer: COVID-19 is considered a “pandemic” which happens when a new virus emerges to infect people and can continuously spread between people around the world. The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person because there is little to no pre-existing immunity to it. Therefore, it is best for people to limit unnecessary contact with others whom they don’t know. Major events attended by thousands of people can be a breeding ground for the virus since it takes 2-14 days for symptoms to appear.
How does COVID-19 effect Oklahoma?
Answer: The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma are growing. In response, the Oklahoma Governor has declared a “state of emergency” for Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Health Department has also issued a travel advisory asking people to limit non-essential travel and cruises.
How do you know if you have symptoms of COVID-19?
Answer: Fever, cough, and shortness of breath may appear from 2-14 days after exposure.
What does it mean to self-quarantine or self-monitor?
Answer: Self-quarantine refers to one choosing to separate themselves and restrict themselves from public spaces because they may have been exposed to a contagious condition that could affect others. Self-monitoring on the other hand means to check for symptoms daily and record the results in case it is necessary to inform your health provider or government health department.
What can you do to help?
Answer: Practice good personal health and hygiene habits such as covering coughs and sneezes with tissue, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoiding close contact with sick people.
- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19_CAREKit_ENG.pdf (page 4)