*Updated on March 27, 2020*
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Getting sick is difficult enough without having to also navigate the ongoing information in the news and on social media that can add fear and confusion to an already stressful situation. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a welcoming and inclusive space for all residents. We understand the concern and anxiety around the Coronavirus. Here is what we know so far:
The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a brand-new virus that scientists and doctors are still learning how to treat. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) states that the Coronavirus does not survive well on surfaces, but is spread most often by small droplets of mucus from the nose and throat.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, which is why diligent hand washing and sanitizing are very important (especially after visiting the bathroom and before eating). The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to help limit the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask, as the supply of face masks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings. The agency recommends face masks be worn by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent its spread.
For additional health and safety information, visit:
- Allegheny County Health Department – Includes ways to stay up-to-date on local information through press releases or signing up for Allegheny Alerts
- Pennsylvania Department of Health – Includes real-time confirmed Coronavirus cases in PA
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Learn more from the White House Coronavirus Task Force
- World Health Organization – Includes a comprehensive list of Q&A information on COVID-19