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What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Yavapai County Arizona

Sedona AZIt’s time to be vigilant, take precautions, and prepare.

Yavapai County Community Health Services Director Leslie Horton said, “Yavapai County has a history of collaborating with the local partner agencies, including all cities and towns, to protect the residents that call Yavapai County home. We are working together and reviewing plans and practiced responses that have been in place for years to make sure everyone is prepared for situations like the one we find ourselves in now with the worldwide spread of Coronavirus (Covid19).”

With the recent case of COVID-19 in California with no contact with anyone from Wuhan China, the CDC has warned the public to be vigilant in healthy precautions and to prepare for potential cases: Visit this link for an easy to follow checklist and share it with others.

The one Arizona patient is now out of isolation and is no longer infected by the virus. People who have come in close contact with the man haven’t shown any signs of the illness known as COVID-19, Maricopa County Public Health reported. Most of them have passed the 14-day monitoring period without displaying any symptoms. Six of the 15 confirmed cases in the U.S. have recovered.

What is the virus and how is it different from the flu?

The only thing it has in common with the flu is that they are both respiratory viruses. COVID-19 has more in common with the common cold. While we mostly hear about rhinoviruses, there are several strains of coronavirus common in the U.S. that cause nothing worse than a cold.

Older adults usually develop worse symptoms than younger and are more likely to develop complications. Like flu, it generally hits hardest among seniors, people with chronic diseases like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, and those with weakened immune systems like people undergoing cancer treatment.

There’s no vaccine for coronavirus, but seniors should get vaccinated for diseases like pneumococcus and Hib. Getting those two vaccinations will help in limiting complications. Talk to your health provider if those vaccines are right for you.

Men are more likely to be hit harder with COVID than women. This is partly because women have a better immune system, but also because men often delay medical care until symptoms are severe. Coronavirus or not, if you have a fever above 100, a cough, and/or sore throat, see your doctor.

For more FAQs about COVID-19 visit this link.

The best you can do to keep yourself from being infected?  It happens to be the same steps you take to keep yourself from getting colds and flu:

*Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
*Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
*Stay home when you are sick.
*Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Here are some preparation tips from Ready.gov:

*Store a two-week supply of water and food.
*Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
*Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
*Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
*Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

Health officials emphasize that those who haven’t gotten the vaccine yet should do so, even though we’ve likely reached the midpoint of flu season. The vaccine takes two weeks to provide full protection, but cannot only ward off the illness, it can reduce how bad your flu is if you catch it and reduce the chance you’ll be hospitalized.

Yavapai County Community Health Services is in continuous communications with Arizona Department of Health Services on the COVID-19 monitoring and situation and will keep the public

YCCHS still has plenty of flu vaccine and ask your doctor if you should get any others – just call 928-771-3122 to make an appointment at one of our locations in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood and Chino Valley.

The latest CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides updated guidance on evaluating and testing persons under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19. It supersedes previous guidance: See https://bit.ly/2I3ZNbJ

127 Comments

  1. FactsTrumpFeelings says:

    “How about an obvious strategy: make people immune as quickly as possible. No lockdowns, no social distancing, no self-isolation. Expose everyone to the virus.

    Naturally. Not via a vaccine.

    In the old days, parents would hold parties for their children at the house of a child who had developed measles. Let the kiddies get the red spots and be done with it. Make them immune. Of course, this accrued zero profit to pharma. Therefore, the idea had to be discredited, and abandoned as too dangerous. Must have a vaccine.” — author/researcher Jon Rappoport

    When is the last time you saw a plannedemic where the healthy were quarantined and the economy shut down for a virus that is about as deadly as the seasonal flu? Actually, the seasonal flu deaths worldwide from January to late March, 2020 are about six times higher? WTF, people! No, we are not “all in this together”.

  2. Testing for coronavirus says:

    We have now tested more than five million people. That is more than any other country in the world, and even more than all major countries combined! Thank you healthcare workers!

  3. President not happy with Georgia governor says:

    President said this morning:

    If the Wall Street Journal “Editorial” writers had called, as they should have, they would have easily found that I was “NOT happy with the Georgia Governor on Tuesday night.” The Wall Street Journal said the opposite, and got it wrong as you often do. Get it right! The WSJ should be better than copying proChina and proRussia viewpoints like Biden “China is our friend.” If Biden gets to the White House we invite economic and civil and global disaster. Biden is worse every day than Trump on a bad day. Trump and the administration are doing a fantastic job. Give credit when it’s due.

  4. Bob, Chapel area says:

    FACTCHECK.ORG

    Former Vice President Joe Biden was wrong when he said that the Trump administration made no effort to get U.S. medical experts into China as the novel coronavirus epidemic spread there early this year.
    “[W]hen we were talking … early on in this crisis, we said — I said, among others, that, you know, you should get into China, get our experts there, we have the best in the world, get them in so we know what’s actually happening,” Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said at a CNN virtual town hall on March 27. “There was no effort to do that.”

    Except that isn’t the case.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried to get into China just one week after China reported the outbreak to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31, 2019.

    “On January 6, we offered to send a CDC team to China that could assist with these public health efforts,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a Jan. 28 press conference. “I reiterated that offer when I spoke to China’s Minister of Health on Monday, and it was reiterated again via the World Health Organization today. We are urging China: More cooperation and transparency are the most important steps you can take toward a more effective response.”

    More than a week later, Azar said again at a Feb. 7 press conference that “our longstanding offer to send world-class experts to China to assist remains on the table.”

    At the time, the New York Times reported, “Normally, teams from the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service can be in the air within 24 hours.”

    The Biden campaign did not respond to our requests for comment.

    A team of public health experts from the WHO was allowed by Chinese authorities to visit Wuhan, where the outbreak began, later in February, according to the South China Morning Post. The team included specialists from the United States as well as Germany, Russia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Nigeria….

  5. Gretchen, Prescott says:

    Why you talking about Georgia????? SoCal beaches have been crowded for weeks (came back here last Friday after visiting friends and family for few weeks in San Diego) yet photos have never been published here in papers except can be found everywhere on Facebook!!!! LMAO

  6. @ Testing for coronavirus says:

    Thanks for what? The test is bogus!
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/YmZXGyrd8UuI/

  7. Moira says:

    I want to go back to work !!! Not my nature to collect welfare because I prefer to make a hell of a lot more than any government dole and control. Nobody tells me what I can or cannot buy in the market or where to live.

  8. Gretchen, Prescott says:

    Told you SoCal beaches weren’t empty. Wait until you see how many arrests and tickets and fines were given out there and are being giving out as you read this.

  9. Missy Crane says:

    ..As the lockdowns continue and small business relief isn’t readily available, Americans are desperate to stay afloat.

    Many salon owners and workers are offering services out of their homes in order to make ends meet as we head into our second month of quarantine. Police have gotten wind of this in Texas and they’re now cracking down by concocting a sting operation to “bust” women who are offering “salon services” out of their homes.

    It’s good to see the police have their priorities straight, right? (end Tweet)

  10. Wayne Dupree says:

    While Democrats empty prisons across America, it’s great to know that the police are cracking down on evil barbers and manicurists.

  11. Abe Aurillo says:

    New York City resident Arlene Mullin asked an important question last week: “I am wondering who will hold Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo accountable for the deaths of so many older people due to his reckless decision to place COVID19 patients in nursing and rehabilitation homes. I am writing as a daughter who lost her beautiful 88 year old mother who was receiving physical therapy at one such facility. … I really want to know why the governor would put that population at such risk.”

    Wait until you find out why. Ask the NY Times.

  12. Carole says:

    Biden and Pelosi plan for reopening economy? Don’t. Tell me why we should vote for him. He’s an embarrassment. This woman will never vote for him and that was before the sexual assault denial. I didn’t vote for Hillary and I won’t vote for Biden because we need quality and they aren’t. There’s only party sheep in this town and it makes me sad.

  13. Coconino County COVID-19 Results Update says:

    Coconino County added 110 new positives for the past week (up to May 2, 2020) and 374 more negative results. The tribal communities (plural) show an increase in positives to 363. Age ranges for positives remains about the same. Coconino has 137 pending tests as of May 2.

  14. Mojave & Pinal County Sheriffs says:

    Pinal and Mohave County sheriffs will not arrest anyone who disobeys Gov. Ducey’s order. In a statement posted to his office Facebook page on Friday, Mojave County Sheriff Doug Schuster said it’s not the job of law enforcement to be the “social distance police.”
    “I will not turn otherwise law abiding citizens into criminals who are simply trying to stay afloat and put food on the table,” Schuster said. “It is easier for those in government who continue to receive paychecks, to recommend staying the course.”

    Pinal County Sheriff will not issue citations as well.

  15. Don't Blame Federal Government says:

    From a bigger breaking news story…

    On 2 May, a 15-page intelligence summary produced by the “Five Eyes” intel alliance (U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), documented China’s cover-up of the outbreak.

    That day, a Department of Homeland Security report concluded that one reason China “intentionally concealed the severity” of the Wuhan outbreak was to hoard medical supplies. The analysis indicates China increased imports of medical supplies while decreasing exports, in effect stocking up 2.46 billion pieces of medical items. That hoarding included two billion masks, as well as instructions to its foreign base companies to buy up all the supplies available…

  16. @ Don't Blame Federal Government says:

    Of course the “Five Eyes” would never, ever lie. Just not possible!

    “The state lies in all the tongues of good and evil, and whatever it says is lies, and whatever it has, it has stolen, everything it is, is false, it bites with stolen teeth, and it bites often, it is false down to its bowels.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra [1896]

  17. Art says:

    You a fan of the ChiComs? Wuhan isn’t located where animal to human transmissions have occurred in past, but Wuhan is the country’s only coronavirus and virus bio lab testing facility – you know, as in kill the most people with little effort or cost? Let me think … you’re betting it’s a coincidence aren’t you?

    Gotta love the communist propaganda piece on CNN about America’s “wet markets” that showed chickens, but no bats and no snakes and no other BS like in China. Bet your grandparents killed their own chickens? Those NYC wet market American monsters! That’s what the PETA woman in a mask kept saying about America. Thank you CNN for another revealing non-journalistic piece of crap.

  18. NEW WHO/CDC RECOMMENDATION says:

    The WHO and CDC are now recommending everyone wear a blindfold to protect from seeing what’s really going on.

  19. WE CAN PROTECT EACH OTHER says:

    Just choose to.

    AZ is following Open Up America Again. Again? Think Trump and Ducey.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/

    This informative Rand site estimates health and economics. Think Cuomo.
    https://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TLA173-1/tool.html#current-impact

    Plug in your state, plug in intervention level starting on May 8 which happens to be when AZ opens retail followed by restaurants on the 11. You will have to estimate the intervention level of 2-4 since Ducey is already opening restaurants on the 11th. This is a great tool for seeing the health costs and money savings of doing business earlier than later.

    This Rand tool also guides you to know what YOU can do as citizens, consumers and good neighbors if you continue to flatten the curve by YOUR own safe actions. Our positive test numbers were already rising last week without any Blitz testing. Be sure to grocery shop during the week. Stay safe, we are navigating uncharted waters on our own. Ready or not, we have truly become the masters of our own destiny.

    AZ Dept of Health Services.
    https://azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/covid-19/dashboards/index.php

    Click on covid dashboard, summary and click on map of Yavapai County.

    Yavapai County has done a fraction over 1% of thier total population in testing yet we are prepared to start bringing in all the infected from neighboring cities, counties and states. Their infections and who they infect will not be traceable after all, just the outcomes to the residents.

    Are Sedona and other tourist cities prepared to promote people to wear masks to protect residents and front line workers? Do we have them to hand out as a tourist areas, trail and our grocery stores? Keep this in mind during future elections. Senate, House, Governor, Mayor, County Supervisor, down the line.

    Light prevails.

  20. Saul says:

    Think Cuomo? You mean the despised governor of N.Y. who didn’t fund his healthcare agencies when advised by the Obama administration? You mean the man that was despised by Obama? You mean the man who directed all elderly facilities be locked down and no access to other healthcare? You mean the man who literally killed most of the COVID elderly deaths in NYC by his directive? He’s not your fake “I’m with you” fireside chat guy staged by CNN and put there because they hate Biden and would put a hyena in office if they could control it. You people are sheep and can’t see beyond one press conference to another. Morons.

  21. @ WE CAN PROTECT EACH OTHER says:

    Moron, the test is completely inaccurate. The death #s have been totally fudged. All your premises are BS, so then are your conclusions are also. You “stay safe” like a good little sheep. I’ll stay sane.

  22. @Saul and WE CAN says:

    We can see it’s getting to you. Try taking a walk.

  23. WHO CARES? says:

    Sedona and the chamber are reading this data. 63.5% don’t want travelers in thier community just yet across the country. Do they care?

    Although nearly two-thirds of American travelers say they miss travel and “can’t wait to get out and travel again,” this week, 63.5 percent of American travelers still agree they don’t want visitors coming to their community right now. Only one-in-ten disagrees.

    https://www.destinationanalysts.com/

  24. CalmTheEffDownProles says:

    Gotta love that smart President of Tanzania who sent in samples from a goat and a paw-paw fruit but gave them human names and ages. Surprise! Surprise! The tests came back “positive” for COVID19.

  25. I’m calm says:

    Googled it because I was curious and damn if it wasn’t all over the news ! Think god people question power.

    https://news.sky.com/story/amp/coronavirus-tanzania-testing-kits-questioned-after-goat-and-papaya-test-positive-11982864

  26. CDC PULLED THIS DOCUMENT says:

    WHY? Distancing from liability? Can’t wait to see the new improved version.

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6883736/CDC-documents.pdf

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