COLORADO SPRINGS — The overall risk of the Coronavirus in Colorado is low, according to the El Paso County Public Health Department.
“Even in the United States the risk is very low,” Natalia Gayou with the El Paso County Public Health Department, said.
However, that’s not stopping schools from taking action. Districts all across Colorado Springs are sending out emails to parents letting them know they are prepared. Emails were sent from District 49, District 11, District 3 and more.
“So COVID-19 is transmitted through coughs and sneezes, the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19 they are different,” Gayou said.
The El Paso County Public Health Department is ready as well and have a surveillance system in place to monitor the spread. They’re also reminding people while there is not currently a vaccine for the Coronavirus, there is a vaccine available for the flu, which is currently circulating in the Pikes Peak Region and the U.S.
Locally, EPCPH routinely plans, coordinates and prepares with the medical community, including clinic systems, local hospitals, private physician practices, the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management, the Crisis Communication Network, and other partners to assure a coordinated and effective response
“We are very diligently keeping track of what’s going on in other countries and states and we are in communication with the state health department,” Gayou said.
They said the key is to stop and limit the spread.
“Maintaining good hand hygiene, in general, that’s what everyone can do,” Gayou said.
Here’s how you can protect yourself:
- Wash your hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
“The risk is low and so just make sure you’re taking the proper precautions, (flu and flu-like symptoms) are really great general precautions to help prevent the spread of a wide variety of respiratory illness, including flu ,” Gayou said.