Concerns about covid19
Trust the Science. Get information from reputable sources:
Updated daily information :
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Mass Department of Public Health: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
BMC toll free hot line for questions on covid19 7 days a week 7A-7P 1-855-262-5465
Berkshire Health Systems: https://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/body.cfm?id=4261&fr=true
Beware of malicious website : Coronavirus COVID-19 Cases by Johns Hopkins University. Visiting this website infects the computer with an information stealing program which can ex-filtrate a variety of sensitive data.
Most importantly reduce the spread of the virus to reduce strain on the already taxed health care system, hospitals and health care personnel. Best prevention is vigorous hand washing 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water unavailable use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze using a tissue of inner elbow if tissue not available. Clean frequently touched surfaces, a 10% solution of bleach is effective. Stay home if your are sick and avoid close contact with others. Think ahead about how to take care if yourself and your loved ones.
If you develop fever or shortness of breath please follow up urgently with your health care provider or call 911.
Peru Board of Health
Social Distancing while Keeping Connected
Besides actual hygiene measures like hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, wiping of surfaces at home and minimizing touching of commonly touched surfaces social distancing is important to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Stay home if you do not need to go out. When you do go out organize your outings. Stay 6 feet from people and avoid physical contact. Get creative with greetings: waving jazz hands, a bow, elbow bump, hand on the heart or good old country wave and nod. COVID-19 is in our county with unknown community transmission. We can only slow the spread, this is the term of flattening the curve. By slowing the rise in positive cases we can hopefully minimize overwhelming the already taxed healthcare facilities, save lives and reduce transmission. If you are young the chance you will have a milder case is greater but you can still spread to an older neighbor, family member or friend and the chance of someone over 80 dying from COVID-19 is greater. 14.8% of those over 80 years old who are infected with COVID-19 will die. Gov Baker has as of 3/15/20 banned all gatherings of 25 or more, no on premises consumption at restaurants and taverns (take our permitted) going in effect as of 3/17/20. This is a rapidly changing situation. Most of us are new to the restrictions and the course of a world wide pandemic.
While we are following social distancing it is important to stay connected. Call friends and family. Listen. Find out if they need anything. Get outside, we are lucky to have such abundant outdoor and natural places to enjoy and keep our distance. Keep busy with creative projects and home projects, reading, singing, reorganizing the closet, board games, stacking the wood pile. We can reduce stress by getting enough sleep, eating well and reaching out to reduce feelings of loneliness. We can still keep ourselves healthy by getting a flu vaccine,still advised, protect from tick bites (they are out now) and generally staying well. Do not forget that others are in need, are still battling addiction, confronting depression daily, and even more now may be struggling financially. It is better that we look back and be proud of how we behaved. That our actions were for the greater good and we know that we were kind and caring.
Peggy White, Peru Board of Health