During this time of uncertainty, our hearts go out to everyone affected by the coronavirus, COVID-19. As this continues to impact our communities the health and safety of our staff and guests are a top priority. We are closely monitoring this situation as new information and regulations are being released. In this blog, we have provided information on how to be safe and protect yourself, as well as recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. For more information on what Garden City Realty is doing regarding COVID-19 and your upcoming reservations click here. For additional questions please email rentals@GardenCityRealty.com or call in at 800-395-5930.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around one out of every six people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.”If you think you have been exposed to Coronavirus or are actively showing symptoms of illness, the CDC strongly recommends that you not travel. Note that if your symptoms are mild, or if you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.
The CDC recommends practicing social distancing, which means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately six-feet) from others when possible.
Likewise, there are some relatively simple measures, such as frequent and thorough hand washing which can dramatically reduce the risk of catching or spreading the disease. Basic soap and water and alcohol-based hand sanitizers both work to kill viruses that may be on your hands.
The following information is provided by and available on the cdc.gov website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Remember to call your doctor first.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.