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Information for Businesses and Employers: Interim guidance that may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illness, including nCoV, in non-healthcare settings.

Information for Travelers: This page includes information about 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew and resources ship industry.

Interim Guidance of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PASPs) for 2019-nCoV in the US: Interim guidance for EMS including recommendations for 911 PSAPs, clinician practices, PUI/Patient transport, cleaning EMS vehicles, follow-up/reporting measures, and EMS employer responsibilities.

Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): This interim guidance is intended to assist with assessment of risk, monitoring, and work restriction decisions for HCP with potential exposure to 2019-nCoV.

Interim Considerations for Disposition of Hospitalized Patients with 2019-nCoV Infection: The following is intended to serve as a framework for patient disposition. All patients should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and their disposition discussed with health care providers and public health departments.

Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment: CDC specific PPE recommendations based on the current 2019-nCoV situation and availability of PPE.

Frequently Asked Questions about Respirators and their Use: This document is intended to address frequently asked questions about respirators and their use.

Novel coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness. This may lead to inflammation and the buildup of mucus and fluids in the airway of the lungs (pneumonia). There are many different coronaviruses. Most of these viruses only affect animals, but sometimes these viruses can change and infect people.

What are the causes?

This illness is caused by a virus. You may catch the virus by:

  • Breathing in droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze.
  • Touching something, like a table or a doorknob, that was exposed to the virus (contaminated) and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • Being around animals that carry the virus, or eating uncooked or undercooked meat or animal products that contain the virus.

What increases the risk?

You are more likely to develop this condition if you:

  • Live in or travel to an area with a novel coronavirus outbreak
  • Come in contact with a sick person who recently traveled to an area of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Provide care for or live with a person who is infected with the novel coronavirus.

What are the signs or symptoms?

The novel coronavirus causes a respiratory illness that can lead to pneumonia. Symptoms of pneumonia may include:

  • A fever.
  • A cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.

How is this diagnosed?

This condition may be diagnosed based on:

  • Your signs and symptoms, especially if:
    • You live in an area with a novel coronavirus outbreak.
    • You recently traveled to or from an area where the virus is common.
    • You provide care for or live with a person who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
  • A physical exam.
  • Lab tests, which may include:
    • A nasal swab to take a sample of fluid from your nose.
    • A throat swab to take a sample of fluid from your throat.
    • A sample of mucus from your lungs (sputum). oBlood tests.

How is this treated?

There is no medicine to treat the novel coronavirus. Your health care provider will talk with you about ways to treat your symptoms. This may include rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicines.

Follow these instructions at home:

Lifestyle

  • Use a cool-mist humidifier to add moisture to the air. This can help you breathe more easily.
  • Do not use any products that contain nicotine or tobacco, such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco. If you need help quitting, ask your health care provider.
  • Rest at home as told by your health care provider.
  • Return to your normal activities as told by your health care provider. Ask your health care provider what activities are safe for you.

General instructions

  • Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
  • Drink enough fluid to keep your urine pale yellow.
  • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your health care provider. This is important.

How is this prevented?

There is no vaccine to help prevent the novel coronavirus infection. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and others from this virus.

To protect yourself:

  • Do not travel to areas where novel coronavirus is a risk. The areas where the coronavirus is reported to change often. To identify high-risk areas, check the CDC travel website: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
  • If you live in or must travel to, an area where the coronavirus is a risk, take precautions to avoid infection.
    • Stay away from people who are sick.
    • Stay away from places where there are animals that may carry the virus. This includes places where animals and animal products are sold. Note that both living and dead animals can carry the virus.
    • Do not eat meat or fish in areas of a coronavirus outbreak. If you must eat fish or meat, make sure that it is cooked very well.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your mouth, face, eyes, or nose.
    • Wear a mask to protect yourself if you are around people who are sick or might be sick.

To protect others:

If you have symptoms, take steps to prevent the virus from spreading to others.

  • If you think you have a coronavirus infection, contact your health care provider right away. Tell your health care team that you think you may have a novel coronavirus infection.
  • Stay home. Leave your house only to seek medical care.
  • Do not travel while you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay away from other members of your household. If possible, stay in your own room, separate from others. Use a different bathroom.
  • Make sure that all people in your household wash their hands well and often.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve or elbow. Do not cough or sneeze into your hand or into the air.
  • Wear a face mask.

 Where to find more information:

Contact a health care provider if:

  • You have traveled to an area where novel coronavirus is a risk and you have symptoms of the infection.
  • You have contact with someone who has traveled to an area where novel coronavirus is a risk and you have symptoms of the infection.

Get help right away if:

  • You have trouble breathing.
  • You have chest pain.

Summary

  • Novel coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness. This may lead to inflammation and the buildup of mucus and fluids in the airway of the lungs (pneumonia).
  • You are more likely to develop this condition if you live in or travel to an area where there is an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
  • There is no medicine to treat novel coronavirus. Your health care provider will talk with you about ways to treat your symptoms. This may include rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicines.
  • Take steps to protect yourself and others from infection. Wash your hands often. Stay away from other people who are sick and from places where there are animals that may carry the virus. Wear a mask if you are sick or if you are exposed to people who may be sick.

This information is not intended to replace the advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.

Document Released: 01/23/2020 Document Revised: 01/23/2020 Document Reviewed: 01/23/2020 Elsevier Interactive Patient Education © 2020 Elsevier Inc.

It may seem like there’s an art to winter driving. But as many experienced drivers in a winter wonderland like Colorado may attest, it’s mostly just good, old-fashioned common sense—and a great deal of preparation. Indeed, with a handful of tried-and-tested tips and techniques, driving in winter is a lot less daunting and far safer. So without further ado, consider the following:

Make your vehicle winter-friendly.

Driving in winter can be fraught with hazards, such as snow and ice on the road or even limited visibility. It’s only prudent, therefore, to ensure that your vehicle is up to the task of taking on such challenges, which you can do by winterizing your car.

For starters, have your vehicle serviced long before weather conditions turn harsh. This mainly entails checking that your battery, brakes, cooling system, and so forth, are in tip-top shape. In turn, that eliminates the possibility of any of them breaking down in inclement weather.

With that done, you can then move on to the all-important task of switching to winter tires. While all-season tires will suffice more often than not, Bridgestone explains winter tires are ultimately the wiser choice in areas that experience extremely cold temperatures as they are specifically designed for better traction and to resist hardening.

Moreover, know that changes in temperature usually translate to changes in tire pressure, so it’s important to make checking tire pressure a habit.

Practice smart and safe driving.

As mentioned, much of safe winter driving requires common sense. In fact, it all boils down to defensive driving maneuvers that you already know and likely practice in all kinds of weather and conditions. The only difference is that, when driving in winter, such maneuvers need to be performed with more care—and must be adhered to religiously.

As a rule of thumb, it’s crucial to avoid making abrupt stops or turns when driving on ice and snow as this might cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Instead, make sure to brake slowly and ideally come to a full stop before making turns. It goes without saying that driving at a slow speed is also a must, as well as putting more than the usual amount of distance between yourself and the car in front of you.

Stay alert and in control.

No doubt, slipping and sliding on an icy road is the most concerning aspect of winter driving. While this is definitely a cause for panic, don’t! Instead, get to know the ways in which you can correct a slide. Icy Road Safety explains these techniques will go against your instincts to hit the brakes or steer against the skid, so stay alert, keep calm, and respond accordingly.

Another, lesser-known winter driving tip is avoiding cruise control. While this particular feature undoubtedly has its virtues in normal conditions, this can be dangerous when there is snow or ice on the road. Winter driving needs your full attention, so avoid switching on that little button, even for a short stretch.

Always be prepared.

Lastly, preparation is the key when you drive in winter. It’s best to always have an emergency kit in your vehicle, which will be your lifeline if you ever get stranded in inclement weather. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to have a checklist of the items that you should stock your emergency kit with, as well as some of your vehicle prep concerns.

Your emergency kit should also include items that will keep you warm until help arrives, such as a blanket and hand warmers for in the car, and a pair of gaiters to protect your lower extremities from the brutal cold if you have to venture outside. Equally important is investing in good-quality gear so you can get the full benefit of their respective functions. Case in point, choosing the best gaiters will entail taking into account insulation, waterproofing, durability, and more.

Indeed, the idea of driving in winter in Colorado when you’re inexperienced is understandably unnerving. Ensure your safety with a little preparation and planning. By taking these tips to heart, you’ll find that you’re not only capable, but you’ll be a pro at it in no time.

Opportunity to help out.

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The 14th Annual Harris County Citizens Corps CERT Rodeo will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Harris County Fire & Sheriff’s Training Academy in Humble, Texas.

Team and Individual registration is now open and Volunteer Opportunities are available. Contact is Marcia Folmsbee : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join Rodeo team.

CERT Rodeo registration forms and information can be found on the Harris County Citizen Corps website : www.harriscountycitizencorps.com. Go to the homepage and click on the CERT icon, then link to “2020 CERt Rodeo”.

Contact Marc Mulloy : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to volunteer for set up Friday (late afternoon, 02/07/20 or for rodeo on 02/08/20.

People/organizations that are interested in serving on the board can mail in their candidacy by 11/07/19. Positions will be elected at the General meeting 11/08/19 and start serving 01/01/2020. 

Tropical Depression Imelda Home Cleanup HotlineA Home Cleanup Hotline for survivors of Tropical Despression Imelda will be open now through Friday, October 4, 2019. Call the number below for hep with home cleanup. As they are able, reputable and vetted rellief agencies may assist you and your neighbors in cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, insulation flooring, furniture, applicances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.

To request help, call: (800)451-1954.

PLEASE NOTE: this hotline CANNOT assit with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insuarnce, or questions about FEMA registration. Volunteers work free of charge and provide the tools and equipment necessary to complete the work.

For more information, visit: www.crisiscleanup.org.

This is a friendly reminder. The monthly C.R.T.F. meeting for September will be Friday 09/13/19.

Our speaker is Brian Allen. Mr. Allen is the Director of Emergency Management for Gelena Park ISD and will be speaking on Standard Response Protocol (SRP) for emergency situations. I do hope you will attend this meeting.

Please remember that we meet monthly, 1:00-2:00 PM and at the Atascocita Fire Department. That is every second Friday of every month. May I ask you to please note the dates in your calendars for future meetings?

Have a great day!

I need 4-6 volunteers to play the roles of walking wounded victims at a mass casualty scene for a PSA video we are shooting at the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office – Fire Training Facility in Atascocita.  The time frame would be from about 8:00 to 11:00 am.  Can you help me round up some people?